A Criminal Court judge has called on judges not to allow money to influence their judgment in the May 2018 Term of Court.
Judge Sikajibo Wollor’s statement was made during the recent opening of Criminal Courts A, B, C, D and E at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia. Judge Wollor is from Criminal Court D.
Not being satisfied with judges’ handling of criminal cases, Judge Wollor also advised his colleagues that their judgments should be free of political manipulation.
The criminal court judge did not mention any magistrate by name but said “the lawyers who appear before us should be convinced that our handling of cases for this May Term of Court would be impartial. We are knowledgeable of the law and our judgment in matters before us should be free from political manipulation and also free from United States dollars.”
Judge Wollor’s advice was greeted with applause by his audience, most of whom were judges and lawyers. He made specific reference to a story published on November 4, 2016, by the Daily Observer, which had as its headline “Judge Admits legal Mistakes Reverse Sentencing.”
He believes that whether the newspaper was right or not, “It is our legal duty as judges assigned to various courts to be careful and mindful to avoid that kind of reporting. It is my appeal to all of us judges that our handling of matters before us must be beyond reproach.”
By doing this, Judge Wollor believes, it would bring credit not only to themselves but the Supreme Court that assigned them to those courts for the dispensation of justice in the country.
Judge Wollor stressed further that judges’ judgment during the May Term of Court should be based on fact and evidence of the law.
The criminal court judge also reminded judges about their responsibilities, which he indicated are placed “on us to legally compose ourselves through the due process of law and to ensure that we deliver transparent justice.”