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Judges Cardinal To Peace, Says Official
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Judges Cardinal To Peace, Says Official

By Ballah M. Kollie

MONROVIA, May 9 (LINA) - The Director of the Sexual, Gender-Based Violence Crimes Unit (SGBV-CU) at the Ministry of Justice, John Gabriel, has described judges as “a special and unique group of people” who contribute to the peace and security of the country.

He said based on the pivotal role of judges they need to freely dispense justice and not to amass wealth for automatic transformation of their lives.

Gabriel described the act of those dispensing justice for money as anti-democratic, anti-patriotic as well as anti-nationalistic, noting that these are some of the reasons that gave rise to the Civil War in Liberia.

The SGBV-CU head made the statement Monday his remarks on behalf of Justice Minister Frederick Cherue at the opening for the May 2017 Term of the First Judicial Circuit Court in Monrovia.

“In the mind of the Justice Ministry, our judges are qualified, credible and responsible but as the old maxim goes, ‘One apple spoils the whole box of apples’; I therefore urge the rest of you who are the good apples in the bag to impress on your colleagues to have them take responsibility for reckless statements as our country will not move forward as citizens have refused to change their minds and attitudes,” Gabriel observed.

He then pledged the Ministry of Justice cooperation and support to ensure the success of the May Term of Court.

Meanwhile, the President of the Liberia National Bar Association, Moses Paegar, is urging all members of the association to work along with courts across the country for the adjudication of cases.

“If there should be any delay in the hearing of cases, the burden must be shared, responsibility shared and by not only judges but lawyers and party litigants and we should therefore place ourselves similarly and avoid the pitfalls in the dispensing of justice,” he said.

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