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Chief Justice guarantees fair, unbiased justice

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Chief Justice Francis Korkpor
Chief Justice Francis Korkpor

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-Chief Justice Francis Korkpor has assured of the Judiciary’s unwavering commitment to ensure fair and impartial justice for all Liberians and their foreign counterparts.

Chief Justice Korkpor noted that the judiciary is the strongest pillar of Government in which the tenets of democracy are anchored.

He said there can be no guarantee for individual freedom and protection against gross violation of the law in the absence of the Court.

Chief Justice Korkpor, however, urged Liberians and other residents alike to avoid violence and seek redress through the judicial system.

He spoke Monday, October 14, 2019, at program marking the opening of the October Term of Court at the Temple of Justice, the further called on Liberians to promote peace.

Chief Justice Francis Korkpor says judges must be given attractive salary and allowances to avoid temptation during the performance of their duties.

He said judges hold exhausted positions which prevent them from engaging into any business pursuit to enable them repair any temptation.

He said that judges must be encouraged and given adequate incentives to live decent lives.

Chief Justice Korkpor’s statement is in reaction to the government’s ongoing salary harmonization program.

He, however, advised that the salary harmonization process be done in line with law, especially when apply to the Judiciary to ensure justice and equity.

Also speaking at the program, Justice Minister Musa Dean says the Judiciary is eager to develop the human capacity of judicial personnel for quality dispensation of justice, despite progress made.

Cllr. Dean said:” The Justice Ministry will continue to support infrastructure development of courts to enhance the work of the Judiciary and ensure judges and judicial personnel function in a favorable environment.”

Justice Minister Dean said the government recognizes that ensuring equal access to justice requires a justice system that works for all.

Justice Minister then thanked USAID, UNDP, the Swedish Embassy, donors and development partners for their support to the Judiciary.

For his part, the President of the Liberia National Bar Association, Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe, is appealing for budgetary increment for the construction of more court houses.

According to him, every court in Liberia must be located in a building erected by government which is suitable for the quality of work expected by the Judiciary.

Cllr. Gongloe expressed delight that more Judicial employees are being exposed to various trainings both home and abroad.

He added that continuous education and on the job training program in any professional work place is a necessary condition for improvement and quality of output.

The LNBA President during the opening of the Supreme Court October Term stressed the need for the dispensation of justice to all, irrespective of their status or creed.


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