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Supreme Court issues Prohibition against House of Rep.

Baysah Kollie/Joseph T. Koon
 Chief Justice, Francis Korkpor
Chief Justice, Francis Korkpor

MONROVIA, LIBERIA- The Supreme Court of Liberia has announced a prohibition, ordering the House of Representatives, to return to Status Quo Ante in the conduct of its official business.

The issuance of the stay order nullifies the June 2 motion, suspending roll calls at the House of Representatives for one month.

The prohibition also mandates that regular roll calls be held pending the outcome of the petition for prohibition of the “no roll call motion” which sparked off disagreement at that august body.

This followed the appearance of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alec Tyler, before the Full Bench of the Supreme Court Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

Recently, Bong Country Representative, George Mulbah, filed a motion and endorsed by House Speaker, Alex Tyler, suspending roll calls for one month, beginning June 2 to July 2, 2016.

Consistent with the standard rules of the House of Representatives, roll call is a determination for the attainment of a quorum on which official business is conducted.

However, in reaction to the  June motion, Montserrado County Representative, Edwin Snowe, took exception to such motion and sought a legal redress to the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has recommended to Speaker Tyler and members of the House of Representatives to convene two sessions with immediate effect and resolve the matter.

At the same time, authorities of the Highest Court said: “A prompt and impartial determination of the petition would be made by the court if the matter is not resolved as mandated.”

The Supreme Court of Liberia is the final Arbiter of all legal proceedings within the Republic, and that no further redress is sought  by any contending party following its ruling on a particular matter.


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