Judge Sikajipo A. Wollor of Criminal Court ‘D’ at the Temple of Justice recently asked legislators to carefully look into a proposed bill for consideration of justices and judges to be retired with benefits.
Wollor’s request was contained in his charge delivered recently at the opening of the May 2018 Term of Criminal Courts A, B, C, D and E.
The proposed bill was submitted to the Legislators by Senator Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County, who chair the Senate Committee on the Judicial Committee of the Senate.
According to Judge Wollor, the bill was in the right direction, because in most African countries, when judicial officials are retired, they do so with their benefits.
“Liberia should not be an exception, because we are part and parcel of the comity of nation,” the criminal court judge noted.
Recollecting his visit to Malawi, Wollor said, while in that country in 2008, he was fortunate to have had conversations with some of their judges, “who told me that when they are retired, they go with all their benefits, even judges in our African States benefit from this, besides Liberia.”
Interestingly, the criminal court judge did not say how much was the money judges were receiving as retirement benefits.
Meanwhile, Judge Wollor said a quote recently attributed to him in this newspaper’s publication was incorrect, noting, “I did not say I will not accept salary cut,” as was reported in the May 28 edition of the Daily Observer.
This newspaper regrets any inconvenience the headline may have caused Judge Wollor and the Judicial Branch of the Government.