Chief Justice Francis Korkpor has cautioned judges to be transparent in the discharge of their duties.
Speaking at the opening of the May Term of Court in Sanniquellie on May 8, he said transparency is what the judiciary wants in administering judgement.
“If you are transparent as a judge, you are clear in the decision you take,” he said. “If you are transparent, you live above reproach and you will be highly respected; people will not have to gossip you.”
The Chief Justice also challenged the circuit judges not to limit their judgments or activities to their courtrooms, but admonished them to also visit the stipendiary magistrates in their respective areas of assignment.
“Supervise and attend to magistrates in their respective areas of assignment and give account of all the cases adjudicated by the magistrates,” he said.
He also urged all stipendiary magistrates and their associates to be present at all court openings, something for which he said there will be consequences for anyone who deliberately stays away from court openings without any good excuse, although he did not say what the consequences would be.
The opening of the court was marked by the admission of seven Nimbaians who just graduated from law school into the local Nimba bar association.
He also cautioned the newly admitted attorneys at law to do well in their positions and respect the officials of the court, adding “Lawyers are unique people, because you know the rules of peaceful coexistence.”
Welcoming them into the local bar, he said: “If the local bar is strengthened, the national bar will also been strengthened; and when the national bar is strengthened, the judicial system in the country will be strengthened.”
Meanwhile, there are 50 cases on the trial docket of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court in Nimba County, with 42 being criminal cases while the remaining eight are civil cases.
This term of court will be presided over by Judge S. Geevon Smith as an assigned judge, who has made a commitment to bring about the speedy resolution of cases, as requested by some of the speakers during the opening.
As a means of strengthening the judicial system and making it transparent, an inspectorate unit has been instituted to supervise all judges, the Chief Justice has said, adding that the supervision will be done by UNMIL and other partners, for which he asked the judges to cooperate.