‘Arrest Anyone Campaigning Around Judicial Facilities’

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Chief Justice Francis Korkpor

Says Chief Justice to Police

With political campaigning on the upswing throughout the country, Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor yesterday warned politicians and their supporters to desist from placing electoral materials on court facilities across the country, including the Temple of Justice in Monrovia. Korkpor has therefore instructed officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and court officers to arrest anyone that will dare defy his order. He said the judiciary is free of political activities.

The Chief Justice’s warning was contained in remarks he made at the opening of Criminal Courts A, B, C, D and E at the Temple of Justice yesterday. “If you are caught bringing T-shirts, posters and flyers of yourself or your candidates around the courtrooms, we are going to take serious action against you,” he warned. The Chief Justice said such acts are totally unacceptable, and expressed the hope that his message will be loud enough so that politicians and their supports will not bring campaign materials to judicial facilities.

To the judges, Korkpor warned them not to allow any candidate to make campaign speeches or hold rallies on their premises, “because that is unacceptable; this place is neutral, void of politics.” Justice Korkpor said he is sounding the warning so that the decisions of judges in future electoral related cases would be seen as being fair and transparent. He said if a judge allows a politician to hold a rally or make political speeches in his courtroom, it means that the judge should also give other politicians the opportunity to do likewise, something he said is unacceptable.

The Chief Justice also told his subordinates that if any of them wants to contest an election, “that person must take leave of the court.” He said that his action is in line with the civil service regulation, which authorizes judicial employees to participate in electoral activities. “The regulation says if you lose, we are compelled to come back to work with no pre-condition, but you have to do it in line with the court’s administrator,” Korkpor noted.

However, the Chief Justice said the regulation does not cover judges, who will have to resign from the judiciary before entering politics.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Only goats can believe our judicial system is free of political activities. Recently our judicial system took some decision that was very politically motivated. I guess your feel now is the time to play smart and make people see your as perfect people, is a lie.

  2. You got that right, supposedly, they have already sold the sanctity of the structures or premises of justice – for few favors – to the presidency.

  3. What a pretense on the part of yours…Chief Justice Francis Korkpor! Which one brings disrepute to the Supreme Court THE MOST?

    A Supreme Court ruling a statutory law constitutional to only a few weeks later By all factual and legal implications ruling the very statutory law unconstitutional to suit the interest of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Amos Sawyer, Philip Banks, and their respective political candidates …Sulonteh and Karnweay, and Mills Jones, OR “political campaigns on the premises of the Supreme Court?

    THE FORMER, MR. CHIEF JUSTICE, IS THE MOST DISGRACEFUL AND CONSTITUTIONALLY CRIMINAL, RICHLY DESERVING IMPEACHMENT, CONVICTION, AND INCACERATION!!!

    IF WE WERE WITHIN THE LEGISLATURE, WE WOULD ENSURE YOU CHIEF JUSTICE KORKPOR HAVING SIGNED SUCH OPINION, WILL EITHER SIT AS A DEFENSE WITNESS OR A CULPRIT JUST AS YOUR FELLOW JUSTICES, AND NOT AS AN ADJUDICATOR!

    To whatever or whichever logical conclusion this imbroglio may end, we don´t mind, since in fact, you stooges of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf calling yourselves judicial officials have now assimilated that the immunity granted judicial officials in article 73 can (in accordance with the 52nd word “EXCEPT” of the very clause of article 73) also be waved and stripped off you judicial officials By either the House of Representatives or the House of Senate!

    That is, this misleading and totally uncalled for presumptious posturing of you justices that you gyus are above the law, because of articles 73, and 65, of the constitution of which you guys are either pretending not to know and understand, or of which you people realisticly lack the required knowlege and understanding for interpretation!

  4. What a pretense on the part of yours…Chief Justice Francis Korkpor! Which one brings disrepute to the Supreme Court THE MOST?

    A Supreme Court ruling a statutory law constitutional to only a few weeks later By all factual and legal implications ruling the very statutory law unconstitutional to suit the interest of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Amos Sawyer, Philip Banks, and their respective political candidates …Sulonteh and Karnweay, and Mills Jones, OR “political campaigns on the premises of the Supreme Court?

    THE FORMER, MR. CHIEF JUSTICE, IS THE MOST DISGRACEFUL AND CONSTITUTIONALLY CRIMINAL, RICHLY DESERVING IMPEACHMENT, CONVICTION, AND INCACERATION!!!

    IF WE WERE WITHIN THE LEGISLATURE, WE WOULD ENSURE YOU CHIEF JUSTICE KORKPOR HAVING SIGNED SUCH OPINION, WILL EITHER SIT AS A DEFENSE WITNESS OR A CULPRIT JUST AS YOUR FELLOW JUSTICES, AND NOT AS AN ADJUDICATOR!

    To whatever or whichever logical conclusion this imbroglio may end, we don´t mind, since in fact, you stooges of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf calling yourselves judicial officials have now assimilated that the immunity granted judicial officials in article 73 can (in accordance with the 52nd word “EXCEPT” of the very clause of article 73) also be waved and stripped off you judicial officials By either the House of Representatives or the House of Senate!

    That is, this misleading and totally uncalled for presumptious posturing of you justices that you gyus are above the law, because of articles 73, and 65, of the constitution of which you guys are either pretending not to know and understand, or of which you people realisticly lack the required knowlege and understanding for interpretation, IS NOW A MENACE OF THE PAST!

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