Chief Justice Francis Korkpor
Jurors Role Critical To Delivery Of Justice - Chief Justice
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, November 2 (LINA) - Chief Justice Francis Korkpor has told prospective jurors that their role is critical in the dispensation of justice to citizens, and vital in the promotion of national peace and development.
Justice Korkpor said as a constitutional requirement, jurors’ role is a civic national duty that no one can escape, noting that anyone who tries to do so will face the full weight of the law.
“As you take on this civic responsibility, you need not allow yourselves to be influenced by anyone because the decision you reach could lead to the life sentence of a person,” he told them.
Justice Korkpor made the statement recently in his remarks at the orientation of prospective jurors in the Banquet Hall of the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.
Also in remarks, Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh said his stance as a critic of the jury system has changed over the period owing to the level of changes made to the process.
He said unlike the past when justice was bought from jurors by those having money, the institution of several requirements and changes, including educational qualification, have helped to transform the jury system for the good of the country.
“We at the judiciary can now boost of an improved jury system that every person must take advantage of in the adjudication of their case, and this citizens must see as a right under the constitution of the land,” he indicated.
The Jury Management Office revealed that not all of the 250 prospective jurors who underwent orientation will be selected to serve the November Term of lower courts.
According to the Jury Management, no person is allowed to serve two successive terms of court, noting that those summoned are to serve or will be charged for contempt of court in keeping with law.