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Bong Court Opens Without Presiding Judge

By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Correspondent

GBARNGA, May 9 (LINA) - The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Gbarnga has opened for the May Term of Court in the absence of the assigned judge.

Relieving Judge James Gilayeneh is said to be in the United States of America and may return Friday or Saturday this week to take up his assignment.

Our reporter who witnessed the opening of the court Monday said not only the assigned judge was absent, majority members of the Bong County Local Bar Association and some magistrates were also not present to answer to their names during the roll call.

In remarks at the ceremony, Bong County Attorney E. Wilkins Nah noted that the court will ensure that justice is equally served to everyone in Bong County.

He called on citizens to channel their grievances through the court system, if peace is to be preserved in the county.

Nah also informed jurors that jury service is a national civic duty and not meant for money-making.

He challenged jurors to be professional and truthful in the discharge of their duties to the court and those they serve.

Nah said the court will arrest, charge and prosecute any juror caught in acts counter-productive in the discharge of jury duties.

Meanwhile, three new graduates of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law could not be admitted to the Bong County Local Bar Association Monday as a result of the absence of the assigned judge at the court’s opening.

The president of the Bong County Local Bar Association, Cllr.  George Sagbeh, who declined to make what he calls “the normal remarks”, only introduced the three gentlemen in a rather brief comment.

Cllr. Sagbah named the three as Alieu Bility, Martin Corlon and Quiwoe Dennis.

 Family members and friends of the three lawyers, who had gathered in court to witness the admittance ceremony, were disappointed at the absence of the judge.

Even though this is not the first time for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court to open in the absence of an assigned judge, the acting Clerk of the Court and the National Program Officer of the Foundation for International Dignity (FIND) said they cannot recall such instance in recent years.

Daniel Porlonkollie and Aaron Juakollie told the Liberia News Agency that this is the first time in several years for the court to officially open in the absence of the judge.

LINA PTS/TSS

 

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