With just four months to the end of her presidency, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is today expected to attend her last opening of the Supreme Court, where she has served as a visitor.
Being a visitor there, Sirleaf has refused to make any remarks, whenever she is given the opportunity to speak at a Supreme Court opening.
However, this year’s opening cannot be compared to previous ones because it will serve as her last opportunity to speak about the judiciary, which facilities she has improved over the past 11 years, despite public outcry about reported corruption surrounding the judiciary.
Many are wondering what message the President will deliver to the judiciary today. By law, the Supreme Court is required to convene on the second Monday in March and October each year to commence proceedings of the court.
Recently, when President Sirleaf dedicated the newly constructed 8th Judicial Circuit Court Complex in Sanniquellie City, Nimba County, she said her government was very pleased with the construction of the complex which, according to her, quality represents “strong commitment, nationalism, and patriotism that allows Liberia to stand shoulder to shoulder and neck to neck in all areas of our national endeavor along with many African countries.”
At that ceremony, the President also commended the transformation of the judiciary and noted that “when we embarked upon the journey of political governance of the nation, we recognized a lot of things to be done to enhance the quality of justice, and to improve the delivery of justice through incentives that are required.”
President Sirleaf’s completed projects include the judicial complex in Tubmanburg, Bomi County; the 8th Judicial Circuit Court Complex, in Sanniquellie, Nimba County; and the fencing of the courthouse in Barclayville, Grand Kru County.
Also, under the Regional Security Hub arrangement, the 7th Judicial Circuit Court and other subordinate courts in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County were constructed.
Besides, the Swedish Government, through the Justice and Security Trust Fund, provided funds that were used to construct four magistrate courts, in Montserrado, Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties.