Courts’ suspension Frustrates Party Litigants

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Several persons whose cases were scheduled for hearing yesterday by courts at the Temple of Justice got frustrated when they were informed, on a short notice, about the suspension of courts’ activities for three days.

To make matters worse, the entire compound of the Temple of Justice was like a ghost town as every courtroom was empty with no one in sight to explain the situation to party litigants.

Meanwhile, some judges and lawyers were seen with their personal belongings on the grounds of the Temple of Justice, demonstrating their unpreparedness to handle any matter while the suspension remains in force.

The suspension was enforced by an announcement posted at the Temple of Justice and aired on radio two nights ago – a mandate from Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor – “to give judges and lawyers opportunity to attend the pending national convention of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA).”

The convention, which takes place today, December 4, is expected to examine the impacts of lawyers and the legal system and the way forward for the LNBA.
A similar action affects courts throughout the country.

After hearing that the decision to close down courts yesterday was mandated by Chief Justice Korkpor, some of those with cases at the courts (party litigants) were openly heard complaining: “What kind of bad luck is this, when you continue to spend money on your case without any good result?”

“Our cases have been around for years and the lawyers continue to collect money from us by giving us assurances that we will soon get justice. When will that justice come with these delays and financial burdens,” a woman believed to be in her 50’s furiously remarked.

The courts will resume normal activities on Monday, December 7, one of the clerks announced.

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