Justice Minister, Chief Justice Meet Behind Closed Doors

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    On Monday, January 20 Justice Minister and Attorney General, Cllr. Christiana P. Tah, held a closed-door discussion with the Full Bench of the Supreme Court of Liberia, a source in the Chief Justice office told the Observer.

    Cllr. Tah was accompanied to the meeting by her legal team, which included Cllr. Varney Sherman, the national chairman of the ruling Unity Party and Cllr. Frederick Cherue, Senior Senator of River Gee County.

    The outcome of the one-hour meeting between the Justices and the Minister was not disclosed.

    However, our source the meeting was intended to discuss Cllr. Tah’s petition (appeal) for re-argument against her six-month suspension by the Full Bench.

    A similar meeting, according to our source, was cancelled last Friday, because of the absence of some of the Justices.

    Our source, who is also a legal expert explained that a “Petition for Re-argument” can only be considered if one of the Justices was to approve of it.

    Interestingly, the meeting comes at the close of the October 2013 Term of Court.

    Cllr. Tah was suspended on Friday, January 10, from practicing law within Liberia for six (6) months by the Supreme Court.

    The action followed after she was held in contempt for  disrespecting the High Court,  by allowing FrontPage Africa’s managing editor, Rodney D. Sieh, ‘Compassionate Leave’ from prison to seek medical attention as prayed for by Mr. Sieh’s attorney, Cllr. Beyan D. Howard.

    Cllr. Howard was also declared barred, for three months, from practicing law.

    It can be recalled that a former Justice Minister during the late President Samuel K. Doe’s regime, the late Cllr. Jenkins Scott, was held in contempt by the Supreme Court.

    Cllr. Scott was later suspended for two (2) years from practicing law in the Court.

    That decision was quickly reversed by the Full Bench of the Supreme Court, after his petition for re-argument was accepted.

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