Gov’t Opens Book of Condolence for Chief Justice Johnnie Lewis

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The government yesterday opened a book of condolence at the Temple of Justice for the late former Chief Justice Johnnie N. Lewis.

Immediately after signing the book of condolence for his deceased former boss, Chief Justice Francis Korkpor told journalists that the signing ceremony signals that official mourning has begun for the Judiciary.

Chief Justice Korkpor who described Justice Lewis as “a brilliant educator,” urged fellow Justices to emulate Justice Lewis.

He asked all of them to use the occasion to hold together more than ever.

Chief Justice Korkpor said it was his predecessor’s hard work that brought total reform to the Judiciary Branch of government.

Earlier, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led an array of government officials to the Temple of Justice to sign the book of condolence.

Later in the afternoon, the Speaker of the House of Representatives J. Alex Tyler, at the head of a delegation of the Legislature, also signed the book of condolence on the first floor of the Temple of Justice.

The lawmakers were followed by the Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia.

At yesterday’s ceremony, former heads of government and their deputies along with the Doyen and members of the Diplomatic Corps, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), international non-governmental organizations, the Clergy and others also signed the book.

The ceremony continues today with heads of political parties, civil society organizations and the general public signing the book of condolence.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Korkpor has instructed that on the day of the conveyance of the remains of the late Chief Justice Lewis to the Temple of Justice and the day of his funeral, judges of courts and members of the Liberia National Bar Association should be fully attired in their official robes.

The Supreme Court has announced that the remains of the late Chief Justice will be removed from the Samuel A. Stryker Funeral Home in Sinkor at 3p.m. on Wednesday, February, 4 and subsequently taken to the Temple of Justice for an hour of viewing before his remains are taken to the St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Camp Johnson Road, in Monrovia for a night of wake keeping beginning at 6p.m to 9p.m.

On Thursday, February 5, funeral rites will be held at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church beginning at 10a.m after which the late Chief Justice’s remains will be returned to the funeral home to be conveyed on Friday, to Greenville, Sinoe County for burial on Saturday, February 6, at the Lewis cemetery.

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