Temple Of Justice
Judicial C’ttee Recommends 1-Year Suspension Of Bong Judge
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, September 7 (LINA) –The Grievance and Ethics Committee of the Judiciary has recommended a one-year suspension of Bong County Debt Court Judge Francis Danuweli from judicial practice for ethical breach.
The Committee also recommended that the judge undergoes six-month training in ethics at the judicial institute in Monrovia.
The recommendations, made before the full bench of the Supreme Court Wednesday, were predicated upon the judge’s breach of judicial Canons 28 and 35.
According to Cannon 28, “A judge is prohibited from performing judicial function in a matter in which he has personal interest,” while Cannon 35 petitions a judge to be mindful that his duty is the application of general law in particular instances.
It also states that government is that of law and not of men, and that a judge violates his duty as an administrator of justice if he seeks to do what he may personally consider substantial justice in a particular case and disregards the general law as he knows it to be binding on him.
According to the Grievance and Ethics Committee of the Judiciary, Judge Danuweli violated complainant Henry Davis’ rights, incarcerated him without legal justification while he is also reported to have traded with a party in a US$4,053 and L$38,800 case before him.
The committee found out that during the transaction, Judge Danuweli committed himself to settling the deficit of Defendant David Moore, amounting to US$730 and L$19,400 in exchange for rubber stamps.
The committee also found that despite vouching to make settlement, Danuweli has until now only been able to pay US$150 of the total amount in question.
Danuweli admitted the acts and pleaded that his suspension be reduced to six-months.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has reserved ruling in the case.