KAKATA, November 16 (LINA) – The Presiding Judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court in Margibi County says to have an effective and functioning judicial system, the three branches of government must coordinate their functions to ensure law and order in the country.
Judge George S. Wiles said the court alone cannot handle the affairs of the judicial system, but this must be done collectively by the Judiciary, Legislature and Executive branches of Government.
Judge Wiles made the statement Tuesday at the 13th Judicial Circuit Court in Kakata at the formal opening of the court for its November Term.
Judge Wiles is the Resident Circuit Judge of the 7th Judicial Circuit Court in Grand Gedeh County, but is presiding over the 13th Judicial Circuit Court by assignment for the November Term in Kakata, Margibi County.
He stressed that it is the responsibility of the three branches of government to make the rule of law work effectively
Wiles pointed out that during the dispensation of justice, litigants expect Judges to be impartial, schooled in legal reasoning, fully knowledgeable of the law, reasonably efficient in handling the matters before them and not susceptible to political manipulation and corruption.
He reminded lawyers that they are lumped up together with the Judiciary and therefore, must be law-abiding by following the code of ethics adding, “Their conduct must be beyond reproach.”
Judge Wiles also stated that the Criminal Justice System of Liberia was going through a reform process and as such all branches of government have a responsibility to ensure that the rule of law works as it is the only hope for the people.
He noted that public institutions, especially the Judiciary, are responsible for maintaining stability and fundamental security, and protecting the basic human rights must not be taken for granted as government should create important conditions for transition to lasting peace and the rule of law.