The Supreme Court has ordered the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General, Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, to produce as of yesterday, documentary evidences to show that it is not indebted to former Senior City Solicitor of the Monrovia City Court, Attorney Sam T Solomon for seven years and four months’ salary arrears totaling US$132,000 and LD$1,012,000.
Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks, Justice in Chambers, gave the order during a conference with both lawyers of the Ministry and those representing Atty. Solomon.
He has strongly warned to issue “Writ of Mandamus” against the Ministry, as requested by the former prosecutor, if it failed to submit the documentary evidence by yesterday.
Mandamus is a judicial remedy in the form of an order from a superior court; to any government subordinate Court, corporation or public authority to do (or forbear from doing) some specific act which that body is obliged under law to do (or refrain from doing).
In a motion for mandamus filed by his legal team, the Justice and Public Interest Consortium Africa, Attorney Solomon had prayed the High Court to order the ministry to pay him salary and benefits to the tone of US$132,000 and LD$1,012,000.
They had argued that Atty. Solomon was employed on June 20, 2007 as City Solicitor and Attorney-At-Law and assigned at the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice.
But the Ministry, in counter argument said, Atty. Solomon is not entitled to salary and other benefits, simply because be was not recommended to the Civil Service Agency (CSA), to prepare his Personal Action Notice (PAN), which would have made him a legitimate government employee.
They further claimed that they had paid him for the services he rendered when he was at the Monrovia City Court, as one of government lead lawyers.
However, Justice Banks adjourned the case and scheduled it for hearing, today, Tuesday, January 20.