Temple of Justice
Judge Calls On Court Officials To Ensure Peace Within Judiciary
By Comfort M. Johnson
MONROVIA, August 8 (LINA) – The Resident Circuit Judge of Criminal Court “A” at the Temple of Justice, Roosevelt Z. Willie, has called on court officials to maintain peace and harmony within the judicial system and uphold the rule of law in Liberia.
He said in order to maintain peace, actors in the judicial system and other stakeholders must work collectively to ensure fair play and justice.
Judge Willie made the call Monday in his charge at the joint formal opening of Criminal Courts “A” “B” “C” “D” and “E” for the August 2016 Term of Court.
Speaking on the topic: “Sustaining The Peace, Our Role As Members Of The Justice System,” Judge Willie said the judiciary had in the past been one of the major contributors to the total collapse of law and order in the country.
He said the lack of infrastructure prompted Magistrates and Justices of the Peace to engage in widespread corruption, adding that many illiterate Justices of the Peace operated as renegades.
He also referred to Liberia as a failed state in the past which has managed to gain sustainable peace, noting that the country was classified by the International Crisis Group (ICG) as a failed state which could not make collective decisions.
Judge Willie stated that the judiciary law did not require any educational qualification for Justices of the Peace, noting that almost all of them were illiterate.
In remarks at the program, Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor called on judges, lawyers and magistrates to always attend the opening of courts, noting that this was mandatory.