The Resident Judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court in Sanniquellie, Nimba County, Judge Emery Paye has been retired from his post, after serving the judiciary or the government of Liberia for over 20 years.
At the retirement ceremony held in Sanniquellie on Friday, July 20, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, Cllr Francis S. Korkpor, said the retirement of Judge Paye is part of the constitutional mandate, which calls for the retirement of judges at the age of 70.
He praised Judge Paye for his loyal services to the country and said retirement awaits everybody, once you reach the age.
Judge Emery Paye was given flowers, gowned and certificated by the Supreme Court and assured of receiving all retirement benefits as required by law.
“You joined the judiciary during a difficult time of the country, “the civil war”, but you remained committed to your duty,” he said.
“You are retired but not tired, so, as Chief Justice, the law gives us the power to call upon any retired judges to preform a special duty, the Chief Justice said.
The occasion was attended by four of the justices of the Supreme court of Liberia, including Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh, Justice A.Z. Phillip Banks and Justice Jamesetta H. Wolokolie.
The “Certificate of Retirement”, dated July 20, 2018, read by Justice Banks and signed by the Chief Justice, reads, “Certificate of retirement awarded to His Honor Emery S. Paye upon his retirement for dedicated and invaluable services to the judiciary and people of Liberia.”
Nimba County local officials, headed by Supt. Dorr Cooper, as well as all the associate magistrates and stipendiary magistrates, were also in attendance.
In response, retired Judge Emery Paye thanked the judiciary and the Supreme Court for trust reposed in him to served for the length of time.
He expressed happiness for retirement, but promised to remain active in the professional circle as a lawyer.
He extended apology to all those who he might have wronged during his course of his duty as judge, as he has also forgave all those who wrong him. According to him, as a judge, he was working in line with the law, but not to personally do to harm anyone.
According to Judge Paye, he was appointed by ex-President Charles Taylor in 1993 as Resident Judge in his control area at the time and when Madam Ruth Sando Perry was appointed as interim leader, she also endorsed his position.
He said, after Taylor became president in 1997, he was again re-appointed and confirmed as Resident Judge of Nimba.
However, the President of the Nimba County Bar Association, Cllr. Roland Dahn, has welcome retire Judge Emery S. Paye to the bar and assured him of good working relations.