Community to Rally for Passage of Claims Court Bill


Nearly 200 people are expected to assemble before the National Legislature to demand action on pending legislation that would establish a Claims Court throughout the country.
The court, if established, would set a better forum for civil litigation seeking damages against government officials or private individuals.
The peaceful march, according to Augustus Jones, a rights activist and executive director of a group under the banner “Citizens Action for Better Liberia (CABEL), will demand, especially the Senators, to concur with their colleagues at the Lower House to approve the Claims Court Bill.
In an interview with the Daily Observer, Jones said they have written a letter to be submitted to the lawmakers regarding their planned action, “because the document has been on the shelf at the National Legislature since 2013.”
“Since April 2013, the bill was approved by the House of Representatives and subsequently forwarded to the Senate for concordance, which is still with them. We are demanding that the Senate get the job done on the bill.”
He warned opposition not to get in the way of its momentum.
He said the failure to approve the bill was responsible for impunity and a lack of accountability on the part of government officials.
“If the court is established, it would have helped fast track cases that our people have had against public servants,” CABEL boss emphasized.
He said the court would also help to minimize the culture of impunity and to ensure speedy trial of government officials accused of financial malpractices.
“This court, if established, would ensure property accountability among those who are leading us in place to ensure justice is done to all men,” he noted.


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