The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has advised the newly inducted Resident Judge of Criminal Court ‘A’, Roosevelt Z. Willie, to be transparent and fair in administering justice in the country.
“You have to be guided by integrity, fairness and transparency. Be impartial, prudent, tolerant and above reproach,” Chief Justice Korkpor added.
The Chief Justice proffered these words of admonition last Friday, when he deputized for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the induction ceremony held at the Temple of Justice.
Judge Willie replaces the Late Judge James W. Zotaa.
Chief Justice Korkpor described Judge Willie as one of the “finest in the judiciary,” disclosing that he had been following Judge Willie’s activities and recognized that he is the best person for the job.
“You will now be making decisions that will affect your fellow men. You will be sending people to jail for life,” said the Chief Justice, adding, “You have to take your work very seriously; to do otherwise would reflect poorly on the judiciary.”
“Don’t let any one of us Justices tell you what to do. We are only here to review your actions,” were Chief Justice Korkpor’s concluding advice to the newly instated Resident Judge Willie.
In his remarks, Judge Willie thanked President Sirleaf for his preferment and promised that “as a true human rights defender he would administrate justice without fear or favor.”
Judge Willie further pledged to be indifferent to private, political or partisan influence and administer justice according to the law. Judge Willie gave the assurance that he will handle his appointment as a public trust.