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Lack of Judge Hampers Hearings At Bong Circuit Court
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Lack of Judge Hampers Hearings At Bong Circuit Court
By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Correspondent

GBARNGA, June 7 (LINA) - The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Bong County has just begun the hearing of cases since the court opened on May 10, for the May Term.

The court has not adjudicated any case due to the absence of a presiding judge with over 50 pre-trial detainees languishing behind bars at the Gbarnga Central Prison, according to the prison superintendent Feshell Dean.

Judge Peter Gbenewelleh, who should have presided over cases in Bong, only attended the opening of the court and left for Monrovia the same day, keeping pre-trial detainees behind bars up to present.

According to court authorities, the term of the Civil Law Court ran into the term of the Circuit Court which forced Judge Gbenewelleh to remain as presiding judge until his tenure expires.

With less than one month for the Circuit Court’s May Term to expire, earlier cases that should have been adjudicated will now be rescheduled, while few cases will be heard, a court source told the Liberia News Agency.

The delay in the hearing of cases has drawn the attention of families, whose relatives are languishing behind bars, awaiting trial as they came to the press to highlight the situation.

Some of them argued that Judge Gbenewelleh should not have been assigned to the Gbarnga court since the term of the Civil Law Court had not ended.

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