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‘Judiciary, Media are friends,’ Says Justice Korkpor
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Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor

 

Judiciary, Media are friends,’ Says Justice Korkpor

By Ballah M. Kollie

MONROVIA, May 5 (LINA) – Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor has described the relationship between the judiciary and media as friendly, but challenged journalists to report the truth and not distort their reportage because of political or other alignments.

“We in the Judiciary consider the press as our friends. The work we do and the work they do are not mutually exclusive; we are all fighting for truth and justice that is what they are also fighting for; so we need to understand each other,” he noted

Justice Korkpor made the statement at programs marking the celebration of International Law Day held on May 5 each year.

The celebration of the day dates back to 1958 when U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day nationally by presidential proclamation.

On this occasion, he said, "It is fitting that the American people should remember with pride and vigilantly guard the great heritage of liberty, justice and quality under law.”

This year’s celebration is being held under the theme, “Adherence to the rule of law” and centers on “How mediation and alternative dispute resolution can enhance quality client service and law practice profitability and media and lawyer- advocates for truth not adversaries as well as the honoring of some long serving counselors as “Senior Legal Counsels” of the Liberia National Bar Association

(LNBA).

He said while the judiciary notes the media as a partner in the telling of the truth, some media reports leave much to desired, adding, “All we want is for the press to tell the truth and not play partisan role as the judiciary is not a political ground.”

Justice Korkpor noted that distorting the truth brings about mistrust, distrust, lack of confidence in the judiciary and leads to confusion within the courts.

“This institution must remain above reproach for which we have over time taken decisions to correct ourselves,” he added.

He then pledged the availability of the judiciary in case of finding out the facts before reporting.

Meanwhile, Justice Korkpor has frowned on the low attendance of lawyers, noting that if this is how lawyers will continue to treat their own program the judiciary will not continue to suspend court activities to honor lawyers’ programs.

“What I saw was not impressive, I must say it and this is the day for lawyers and the legal community in Liberia is fused and what we see here is not the representation of lawyers in the country,” he observed.

He then recommended the tracking of all lawyers as a means of compelling them to fully participate in activities of the association.

This year’s Law Day program began with a parade, followed by an indoor program and a soccer match at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Central Monrovia.

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