Chief Justice Advises Colleagues to Take ‘Quality Decision’

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Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor on Monday, March 10, advised   the full bench of the Supreme Court of Liberia to improve their quality of decision-making in relation to cases.

Chief Justice Korkpor said their decisions should serve as instruments of peace rather than causing the breakdown of law and order in the country.

“Every decision we make is guided by Judicial Canon No. 34,” Chief Justice Korkpor reminded his colleagues.

He gave the warning during an address he delivered at the opening of the March 2014 Term of the Supreme Court of Liberia.

The occasion was held at the Supreme Court Chamber at the Temple of Justice.

March 2014 Term opening brought together several government officials including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the President Pro-Temp of the Senate, Grand Bassa County Senator Gbezonhgar Findley.

Others present included lawyers, law school students and party litigants.

According to him, “If we (Justices) must—and indeed do— insist that judges of subordinate court perform to the best of their ability, then, so should we.”

He continued, “Our goal as the Supreme Court Bench is to define documents and apply policies and practices for administration in the judiciary across the country in order to avoid disparity in any form.”

He admitted, however, that the task of interpreting the law is difficult, and pleaded with his colleagues not to relent.

“Our judicial acts, utterances and behavior should continue to conform to what is right and what is judicially accepted to be right,” the judiciary head explained.

He was quick to point out that there were still many daunting challenges in the judicial system.

“Let us continue to administer justice to citizens and foreign nationals alike,” he further advised.

“When this is done,” the Chief Justice noted, “critics who may not like our decisions will understand that they fall in line with facts and the law in their cases.”

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