Former Associate Justice Laid to Rest

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Cllr. Josiah David Baryogar Junius, a onetime Associate Justice of Liberia, has been laid to rest in Waka Town, Harrisville in Grand Bassa County.

 His interment on Tuesday, July 15 followed a 12-day mourning and remembrance by the country and the Judiciary Branch of Government.

Funeral service was held on Tuesday, at the Effort Baptist Church in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.

His widow, Ethel Robert Junius, continually wiped away her tears as she sat with her only daughter Glendy Junius-Reeves.

Over 300 dignitaries including Chief Justice Francis Korkpor attended the funeral along with families, friends and loved ones of the deceased.

Earlier at Junius’ longtime church, He was remembered in eulogies as a “poor man’s lawyer,” a man of humanity, a true son of the soil and one who listened to the plight of the underprivileged in the society.

Chief Justice Korpkor for his part also described him as a “poor man’s lawyer,” who he said, “From the esteemed office of an Associate Justice, where he proclaimed the opinion and judgments of the Honorable Supreme Court, in the spirit of humanity accepted a position of Coordinator of Public Defender Program.”

The High Court head said his decision was to plead the case of the poor who could not hire services of lawyers.

 “What a display of humility, a true attribute of a great man indeed that you can hardly find in our society today,” Justice Korpkor remembered.

He also recollected Justice Junius as a “courageous and steady leader.”

"We're here to remember the life of JD Baryogar Junius,” Justice Korpkor said, “who now belongs to the ages and to face the ultimate reality that all flesh is as grass and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.”

He reminded mourners how important the Associate Justice was to the country. “He lived by the creed, which means his life was marked by humility, servitude and love for his fellow men and country,” he stressed.

Justice Korpkor disclosed that Baryogar was one of the few persons who had the rare opportunity of serving all the three branches of government.

“His accolade will be remembered in the walls of the Judiciary; for it is within the premises that the deceased lived and breathed his last,” Justice Korkpor acknowledged.

Baryogar, who became Associate Justice from 1987 to 1990, died on July 3 at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor after he collapsed at the compound of the Temple of Justice. He was 70.

JD Baryogar Junius served as former Resident Circuit Court Judge of the 2nd Judicial Circuit, Grand Bassa County, and former Coordinator Public Defender Program.

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