Criminal Court “B” Judge S. Geevon Smith
Criminal Courts Open For February Term
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, February 13 (LINA) – Criminal Court “B” Judge S. Geevon Smith has charged judges of the First Judicial Circuit Court to ensure the effective conduct of their operation and dispense justice without fear or favor.
The First Judicial Circuit Court comprises Criminal Courts “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” and “E”.
“In consideration of our value system of justice for all, our charge today is to instruct, command and admonish all of us on our conduct for the effective operation of the courts during this February term,” he noted.
The official opening of the Criminal Courts was held Monday in Court “A” and was graced by Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor, Judges, Magistrates, judicial actors and prospective jurors for the term.
“Now, with the power in us vested by the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia and upon the mandate of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, we now declare open the Court of Criminal Assizes 1st Judicial Circuit Court of Montserrado County for the transaction of business before these courts.
Judge Smith called on all parties having business before said courts to come forth and be heard.
He cited integrity of the judiciary as a major factor that must be upheld by all components of that branch of government.
In his quest for coherency among justice actors, Judge Smith challenged them to at all time show respect and tolerance for one another which he sees as a prefect mechanism for maintaining the integrity of the justice system in the country.
Meanwhile, the Court “B” Judge has frowned on what he calls the level of marginalization of the judiciary by the other two branches of government.
He noted that unlike members of the other branches of government, judges are not to engage in any commercial activities despite being among the least paid public workers.
He prayed for an increment in the salaries of judges and judicial officials.
Making remarks on behalf of the Justice Ministry, Assistant Minister for Litigation, Augustine C. Fayiah, pledged the ministry’s fullest cooperation, noting that the entity is ready for the resumption of official business with the courts.
He called for an early start of discussion on increased budgetary support before it reaches the National Legislature or it could be difficult to get increment while the instrument is already before the House for deliberation.