Chief Justice Francis Korkpor
Supreme Court To Forego Recess Beginning March 2017
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, October 12 (LINA) – The Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court will, beginning March 2017, forego their regular vacation to attend to matters arising out of the presidential and general elections.
According to Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, this decision by members of the High Court will last until the 2017 general and presidential elections are held and a new administration inaugurated.
He made the disclosure Monday at the official opening of the October Term of Court at the Temple of Justice on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.
Korkpor said this is intended to ensure the availability of the full bench of the court, especially during the electioneering period, in a bid to ensure that all election-related matters are promptly heard and decided in keeping with law.
Korkpor described the 2017 elections as "critical to the maintenance and survival of Liberia's fledgling democracy."
“It is therefore important that an enabling environment be created for the smooth conduct of the elections as these gains need to be jealously guarded and preserved,” he said.
Korkpor said the judiciary is ever mindful that Liberia’s greatest security for lasting peace is the presence and the use of the rule of law which they pledge to at all times ensure.
Meanwhile, the Liberian Chief Justice has disclosed that he is holding discussions with authorities of the National Elections Commission aimed at exploring ways by which election cases can be quickly heard and decided.