A new stipendiary magistrate has been assigned to steer the judicial affairs of the Ganta Magisterial Court, replacing outgoing Victoria Gbalazay
The newly assigned Stipendiary Magistrate, Attorney-at-Law Nyan Meator Ben, previously served as stipendiary magistrate at the Paynesville Magisterial Court for several years.
Magistrate Ben, who was inducted into office by Chief Justice of Liberia, Cllr. Francis Korkpor, on July 11, expressed the happiness at being assigned as to Ganta City because, according to him, every government worker should be able to take assignment everywhere.
Attorney Ben vowed to bring transparency to the justice system in Ganta during his tenure as stipendiary magistrate.
“By virtue of our education, we have been encouraged to do our best to bring fair judgment to the people of Ganta and Nimba at large,” he said.
He urged the citizens to be law-abiding by taking their grievances to the law instead of taking it law into their own hands.
“We have come to uphold your rights, whether in the capacity as the defendant or plaintiff,” he said.
There had been many complaints of judicial malpractices during the tenure of the outgoing magistrate, including claims of allegedly receiving bond fees and alleged instances of intimidation. But she often denied such allegations.
Outgoing Stipendiary Magistrate Victoria Gbalazay served the Ganta Magisterial Court for over ten years.
But during the induction ceremony, Chief Justice Korkpor said her removal had nothing to with complaints; it was rather a normal judicial routine to change judges whenever the need arises.
Ganta is one of the most diverse municipalities, where the issue of mob violence appears to be commonplace; but there had been complaints that the justice system, beginning with the police, was not fair and that it was very hard to get redress from the court unless you spent money. But the new stipendiary magistrate has vowed to change this “if such were indeed happening.”