Judge Korboi Nuta of Criminal Court ‘A,’ on Monday, November 11, challenged his colleagues (judges) around the country, to do everything legally possible, to maintain the credibility of the Judicial Branch of Government.
“Members of the Judiciary, we have a goal like the other two branches of government, and our goal simply, is to put justice ahead of whatsoever we will do,” Judge Nuta indicated when he delivered the judges’ charge at the opening of the November 2013 Term of Criminal Courts (A,B,C, D and E) at the Temple of Justice.
“We owe it to ourselves and the people, who have called us to serve.
And, this will require the collective effort on the part of all of us, judicial actors,” Judge Nuta stressed.
At the same time, he called on the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), which is the prosecution arm of government, to be prepared to fast track current cases on the court’s dockets.
“We hope the Ministry will be ready especially as it relates to the disposal of indictable cases.”
Placing serious emphasis on Judges’ capacity-building, Judge Nuta said, there is a need to adequately train judges, who would make sound and transparent judgment, suggesting the selection process should be based on a merit system.
“We hope to see judges being sent away or those, here at home, being offered courses to enrich their development.”
According to him, they (Judges) were waiting, ready and prepared to make sacrifices to ensure positive change in the country’s judicial sector.
“But not only judges, you would agree with me, those of you, who frequently visit the court, know that there are court’s officers (clerks, bailiffs), who also need these training exercises.” Judge Nuta remembered other judicial workers. “They need this training; they need these developments constantly.”
It may be recalled that the Supreme Court, early this year, (2013) suspended Judge Nuta for six months, without salary, benefits and other emolument for what the Highest Court termed: “breach of ethical standards.”