As part of efforts to improve the judicial system, the Supreme Court, Wednesday began the process of rotating Stipendiary Magistrates in and around Montserrado County.
The intent is to enhance the performance of Magistrates which, the High Court said, was an important part of the ongoing judicial reforms.
Magisterial Courts handle a variety of issues, including restraining orders, criminal cases with punishments of a fine not exceeding US$500 plus assessments or imprisonment not exceeding 30 days or both.
These courts also handle landlord-tenant problems, as well as claim and delivery civil actions and issuance of arrests and search warrants.
According to the Supreme Court, Stipendiary Magistrates re-assigned were Nelson B. Chineh, Paynesville Magistrate Court, J. Kennedy Peabody, Monrovia City Court, James B. Cooper, Brewerville Magistrate Court, and John Gbetee, Gardnersville Magistrate Court.
Others include, Ernest B. Bannah, West Point Magisterial Court, Tweh Wesseh, Clay Ashland Magisterial Court, Edwin K. Gayflor, Bensonville Magisterial Court, and Joseph K. Watson, New Kru Town Magisterial Court.
Unfortunately, Benjamin B. Dapoh, then Magistrate of Gardnersville Magisterial Court, was the only person that was not re-assigned.
He has been instructed to report to the Temple of Justice for re-assignment.