Impeachment Proceedings Against 3 Associate Justices Have No Legal Basis

By Sayma Julius Syrenius Cephus |

Chief Justice Korkpor (center) flanked from left to right, Justices Youn, Janeh, Wolokollie and Banks

The nation is being held hostage by what seems a rather queer constitutional crisis, deeply shrouded in blackmail and extortion, and is being perpetrated by some members of the National Legislature to impeach three distinguished Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia, namely His Honor Kabineh M. Ja’neh, Her Honor Madame Jamesetta H. Wollokolie and His Honor Professor Mr. Justice Philip A.Z. Banks, III.

No doubt, there is ill-tempered on both sides, with each clinging to the 1986 Constitution as the source of its authority, but beyond the noise and the flexing of muscles lies a rather interesting question, and that is, whether there is any legitimate constitutional basis for the possible impeachment of the three associate justices by the Honorable House of Representatives.

To address this question, it is important first and foremost to look at the history of the crisis, the authority or jurisdiction of the House to impeach the three justices, and then the admissibility of the petition, its merits and prayer within the context of Article 71 of the 1986 Constitution in order to be able to arrive at the conclusion whether there is any reason to give credence to the so-called impeachment brouhaha.

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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.