Who’s Preventing Probe into Judges’ Alleged Unethical Conduct?

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Judge Roland Dahn and Magistrate Victoria Ducan

It has taken almost four months since Chief Justice Francis Korkpor mandated the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) to conduct an ethical inquiry into the circumstances surrounding accusation of Judge Roland Dahn and Stipennary Magistrate Victoria Duncan’s ‘unethical behavior’ in the over a million United States dollars theft case that involves the Senate Secretary Nanborlor Singbeh and several other individuals.

Judge Dahn currently serves as the Resident Judge of the 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Nimba County, while Magistrate Duncan presides over the Kakata Magisterial Court in Margibi County. 

Both Magistrate Duncan and Judge Dahn were accused of holding secret conversations with one of the parties, the Senate Secretary, while the matters were still pending before their separate courts, the 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Nimba County and the Kakata Magisterial Court in Margibi County.

The separate complaints were filed to the Chief Justice’s office by a British investor, Hans Armstrong, who is the Attorney-In-Fact of two Czech Republic investors, Martins and Pavel Miloschewsky. 

The Miloschewsky brothers have accused Singbeh and his accomplices of robbing them in millions of United States dollars that was transferred to them for the establishment of a company called MHM Eko Liberia Limited, in which Singbeh held 30 percent share. 

It was based on Armstrong’s complaint that prompted Chief Justice  Korkpor to communicate to the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) through its Chairperson, Associate Justice Yussif Kaba to conduct an investigation into the matter. 

There is no timeline attached to the Chief Justice’s request for the investigation of the two judges.

For Judge Dahn, his order for an investigation was dated October 30, 2020 and, for Magistrate Duncan, her investigation order was also dated on October 30, 2020. In their mandates, Chief Justice Korkpor said, “I request that your commission conducts an investigation into the matter and, following the investigation, submit its findings to me.”

However, since the Chief Justice’s instructions, there is no document to establish that the Kaba Commission has conducted the investigation or has forwarded its findings to Chief Justice Korkpor. And also, the Chief Justice’s office is yet to comment on the slow pace of the investigation. The issue arose on September 6, 2020, and on October 29, 2020 in a complaint filed by Armstrong, asking the Chief Justice to conduct an investigation into the ethical breaches in communication between the two judicial actors and defendant Singbeh. 

4 COMMENTS

  1. These are the unscrupulous tendencies that make up the disdainful reputation of the Liberian judiciary. And when mentioned or described in some international compendium as such then these same unprincipled self-seeking scamps cry foul?

    As I have sometimes intimated, one problem with the Liberian judiciary is the fact nearly everybody graduated from the same law school. All the lawyers in Liberia are therefore buddies either directly or indirectly. And when everybody is born from the same legal womb, it makes everybodyfrom the bottom rung to the SC professional siblings, either fraternally or monetarily. Either way Liberia is the loser.

  2. A typical Liberian analysis. You read a newspaper story that is riddled with emotions and pure ignorance of the procedures of the system then you rendered a conclusion. What does it means coming from the same school has to do with one’s integrity and character; having you seen children born of the same parents behave differently?
    You have someone who has no formal training as a journalist, who has been reporting about the court for years still does not know the working of the court, instead of asking those concerned to enlighten him, he has decided to speculate about how the JIC works. This institution does not have a permanent head, but one that is rotational over a period of time and has a bulky docket, because people are always complaining judges and magistrates for no tangible reason; whether it makes sense or not the commission must delve into it. Your journalist is deciding which case the JIC should hear, whether there were ongoing on pending investigations in other matters or not, but his choice of investigation must supercede all others. Do you not see that something is fishy here? Any way, our journalist are not well paid or they are not paid at all, so their livelihood comes from someone pocket from outside who has an interest. This is Liberia.

    • Hey mister, my inference here as object of your paroxysm happens to be a long drawn conclusion about the judiciary in Liberia, only evoked by the contents of this writeup and not necessarily its source or origin.

      Very interesting, or is it dumbfounding? that the undue delay in implementing the high court’s mandate akin to judicial malpractice, and as focal point of this article did not claim your pedanticism, but the motive of the journalist?

      Besides, my point was more about the seemingly “judicial fraternity” now forged between former class/school-mates, as suspected rationale for some of the lackadaisical or slothfulness we see of Liberian lawyers and judges in the discharge of their judicial responsibilities, not whatever the congeniality you might have imagined as thrust of that musing. Thank you.

      • …Additionally, your point about the rotation of JsIC and bulky dockets was well taken and could have sufficed as enlightening contribution to this discussion, if only you had dwelt along that path. But nope, you must out yourself as the Chief Justice of Liberia, by trying to humiliate others. “Not by sight” mister, at least not with this other poster. Thank you.

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