Lawyers attending the opening of the February Term of Criminal Courts, A, B, C, D and E on Monday got a dressing down from Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Cllr. Sie-A-Nyene Youh, who publicly chastised them for appearing in court inappropriately attired.
Justice Youh, who delivered a message on behalf of Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, told the gathering including lawyers and prospective jurors that most lawyers were appearing in court inappropriately dressed.
“We are coming down on how you lawyers are dressing in our court room nowadays. You don’t dress in court as if it is a (funfair) you are attending,” said Justice Youh.
According to her, the Full Bench of the Supreme Court has a very difficult time believing that lawyers were showing up in court with their black gowns wide open “without being properly zipped.”
“They even refused to zip (up their gowns) because they are dressing inappropriately so much that we have demand (ed) punishment,” Justice Youh emphasized, adding, “This is unbearable and we are going to take tougher action (s) against those involved because they are not going to take part in court sessions if their gowns are unzipped.”
“This is very serious for the judiciary, because whenever we talk about the court being the last place of justice, how we demean and conduct ourselves speak volumes about the seriousness we attach to justice in the country,” the High Court Judge told the gathering.
She said if any of the court officials including the lawyers cannot look at how they demean themselves, “this exactly tells us how they are going to treat their respective clients.”