LIBERIA: Gbenewelleh Says Judges Need Security

TempleOfJustice2008The Presiding Judge of the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia, Peter W. Gbenewelleh, has called on the Executive branch of government to provide security for judges in the country to ensure their safety.

Judge Gbenewelleh pointed out that judges are vulnerable and therefore need security.

He observed that the Executive branch is responsible to provide security for all judges because they render judgment in crucial cases, adding that sometimes in the process some are threatened by party litigants, so there is the need to provide them protection.

Judge Gbenewelleh made the call Monday at the souvenir program marking the formal opening of the March Term of the Civil Law Court and its annex.

He also indicated that the Executive branch through the Liberian National Police should aid court officers in the enforcement of survey orders as well as the judgment of the court in land disputes and other related matters.

He said most often when the court orders an investigative survey, the surveyors will take time to send in their report or delete their report, while others do not want to agree to the survey process to waste the court’s time.

Judge Gbenewelleh warned that any surveyor caught in such act will be fined or sent to jail, and told lawyers to submit their memoranda within 10 days after pleadings have rested for legal issues raised so as to expedite the disposition of law issues.

He stated that lawyers should also submit their certificate of good standing with due payments of the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) so as to enable them get notice of assignment of their cases, noting that some lawyers abandon their assignments, saying, “any lawyers caught will be fined.”

Meanwhile, Judge Gbenewelleh has called on lawyers to superintendent their assignments of cases so as to avoid embarrassment to the court.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.