Gbarpolu County Electoral District#1 Representative Alfred G. Koiwood has said Gouenbgayai Chiefdom will have a magisterial court if a report submitted to the Senate by the Judiciary, Internal Affairs, Ways, Means and Finance is agreed upon.
Rep. Koiwood made the statement to journalists in an interview at his Capitol building office in Monrovia recently.
He said the report submitted by the committee would be acted on by members of the 53rd National Legislature following which his district will determine where the court will be built in the chiefdom.
He said further that the chiefdom has met all basic requirements that warrant the establishment of the court.
“Over 48,000 inhabitants reside in the area and it is a well-defined territory,” the document indicated.
Rep. Koiwood maintained that when it is passed and signed into law by President Sirleaf the court will serve Bama, Fallah and Bamboo clans, along with other surrounding towns and villages. The new court will stop people from walking more than 37 miles to get legal help.
He added that the establishment of the court in Gouengbayai would also encourage citizens to live in harmony with each other and will help to reduce crime.
When established, he said, President Sirleaf will nominate and, with the consent of the Senate appoint and commission a stipendiary magistrate and two associate magistrates as well as other officers.
At the same time, salaries of the stipendiary magistrate, associate magistrates and other officers will be provided through an annual budgetary appropriation.
Rep. Koiwood pledged support to the people of Gbarpolu County to ensure that more developments happen in the county.
Gbarpolu with six districts is one of the 15 counties that comprise the first-level of administrative division in the nation. Bopolu, with an area of 9,689 square kilometers (3,741 sq mi), serves as the capital.
It has a population of 83,758, making it the eleventh most populous county in Liberia, according to the 2008 census.
It was created in 2001 when it split from Lofa County and is the youngest in Liberia.