A Criminal Court ‘B’ Judge at the Temple of Justice has acknowledged that the courts are flooded with unnecessary technicalities that are responsible for “negative perception” about the judicial system.
Judge Nancy F. Sammy said if they want to regain public interest, then they need to rise-up to challenge and eradicate what she considered as “negative procedural mishaps.”
“These actions that have the tendency to cast negative aspersions on the courts and the legal system must be minimized and possibly stopped,” Judge Sammy warned when she spoke recently at the official opening of the May 2014 Term of Criminal Courts, A, B, C, and D for Montserrado County.
According to the Criminal Court Judge, there are also indications that daily operations of the Court are inundated with unnecessary technicalities, “sometimes leading to frustration on the part of party litigants and residual loss of confidence in the judicial,” she noted.
She maintained that “these corrupt and ugly practices that sometimes spoiled the handling of matters and stall the expeditious handling of matters before us must be tackled within a collective framework, if we are to give credence to the quest for judicial reform.”
She suggested, “We must therefore, braced ourselves to step-up to the plate by reducing unnecessary procedurals technicalities and place emphasizes on the substantive matters which border on the rights of persons before our courts.”
Admonishing her colleagues, Judge Sammy said, “Let us be reminded that we have embarked on an arduous, but surmountable journey of dispensing justice without fear or favor being fully guided by our cannons that impose upon us a charge to be impartial, temperate and attentive at all times.”
“We are obliged to conduct all proceedings within the ambit of the Constitution and Laws of the Republic of Liberia,” she emphasized.
Judge Sammy continued, “We should remain resolute and robust to reject any forms of intimidation, our actions and conducts should always be dictated by our fear of God and respect for the fundamental principles of the rule of law.”
“We should not relent to prove the critics wrong by upholding our cannons to the letter. We must not allow our decisions or actions to be influenced no matter who are involved to the social class a party may belong to.”