Judge Smith Wants Clarification On Jury Selection
By Chris Nyenapee, Grand Gedeh County Correspondent
ZWEDRU City, Feb 10 (LINA) - The Assigned Judge of the 7th Judicial Circuit Court in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, S. Geevon Smith, says the new judiciary law on jury selection and extension of Magisterial functions need some clarification.
Judge Smith made the observation during the opening of the February Term of the Court Monday, during which he also read in open court the official letter from Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor assigning him to preside over the February Term of the 7th Judicial Circuit Court.
Speaking on the theme: ’ “No One Knows Tomorrow”, Judge Smith said while the new law on jury says jurors should be selected by a jury manager, no such position exists at circuit courts in the leeward counties.
He then wondered whether cases emanating from magisterial courts under the new law should be tried anew.
The presiding judge than urged the empanelled jury at the court to be diligent, impartial and honest in handing down verdicts in cases that will be brought before them.
The official opening was attended by a record number of local officials led by Mr. Olaska W. Barh, who served as proxy for Grand Gedeh County Superintendent, Peter L. Solo.
Also present were heads of security agencies and the UNMIL legal and judicial support monitor.
A moment of silence was observed during the program in memory of fallen judges and other judicial workers, including Judge James Zota of Criminal Court ‘A”, and Judge Joseph K. Norman of the Grand Gedeh Debt Court, who passed away recently.
There are nine criminal and 11 civil cases on the docket.