President Sirleaf poss for photo with members of the Supreme Court of Liberia
Pres. Sirleaf Attends Opening Of Supreme Court March Term
MONROVIA, March 16 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday attended the official opening ceremonies marking the formal sitting of the March Term of the Supreme Court of Liberia.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf attended the ceremony of the court in the spirit of coordination and partnership between the Executive and Judiciary.
Delivering his opening address, Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor said infrastructure and human resource remain a major challenge to Liberia.
He pointed out that access to justice has been hampered because of distances covered by aggrieved people in getting to the court.
Chief Justice Korkpor noted that the Supreme Court will remain resolute in dispensing justice to all persons irrespective of color, creed, nationality and religion across the country.
He said during the October Term, 2015, the Court heard and decided a total of 22 cases, including petitions of 66 attorneys who applied to be admitted as Counselors of the Supreme Court Bar.
The Liberian Chief Justice pointed out that after hearing the various petitions, the
names of 50 Attorneys were submitted to the Board of Examiners from the Examination Committee, which revealed that out of 48 Attorneys that sat the examinations only 33 made a pass.
The successful candidates were duly admitted to practice as Counselors-at-Law, adding, “I see that as a good number of the new Counselors who are making their debut appearance before us today. I am told that they were among the first
to appear in Court this morning,” he said.
Justice Korkpor also said among the cases decided during the October Term were matters involving issues of ethical and professional misconduct of some judges.
“As we have done in the past, we again had the unpleasant duty of reprimanding three of our judges including Judge Yussuf D. Kaba, Resident Circuit Judge of the 6th Judicial Circuit, Civil Law Court, Montserrado County, who was suspended for one month, while Stipendiary Magistrate Earnest Flomo Bana of the Brewerville City Magistrate Court and Associate Magistrate T. Richard Brown of Grand Bassa County were suspended each, for six months for violation of various provisions of the judicial canons,” Korkpor said.