The Sixth judicial circuit civil law court “A” of Montserrado county at the Temple of Justice Resident Judge Kennedy Peabody urges the Liberia National bar to coordinate with national stakeholders in the pursuit of efficiency, fairness, speedy dispensation of justice.
Delivering his former charged at the official opening of the civil law court A and annex B for it’s March term of court, Judge Peabody said the initiative of stakeholders participation and coordination should be undertaken by the bar .
“Today, let non of us say the job is for the judiciary or the problem faced by the court is for the government. “Judge Kennedy Peabody noted.
He stated that the court has been defined as the place for fair and proper administration of laws , while the bar and stakeholders are to coordinate the means or the act of making the means for a group of people to work together in an efficient and organized way.
“ In this light, the justice coordination is the harmonization and integration of activities and responsibilities to ensure that the resources of each stakeholders or organization involved in the administration of justice are efficiently used in pursuit of justice delivery.” The Civil Law court ‘A ’Judge said .
Judge Peabody maintain that the judiciary should not shy away from the fight for their people to participate in the administration of justice.
He admonished the court to make sure that nobody regardless of their race ,gender , ethnicity or identity be left behind or excluded because all stakeholders are very important in the administration of justice.
According to judge Kennedy Peabody the role of all stakeholders to include Politician and the public in the court is to ensure that the enabling conditions and environment are created for the efficient administration of justice.
“The Liberia National Bar Association should act as an advocate for the court and make sure that the law works as it should.” Judge Peabody explain.
In continuation of his charged to the former opening of the sixth judicial circuit civil law A and annex B, judge Kennedy Peabody as these questions: “ have we considered for a moment the conditions of the prisons and those who are in imprisoned? Have any of us here today visited the prisons compound as stakeholders to ensure that the place is adequate and conducive for human beings ? Do we sit and say it is the responsibility of the government and the judiciary when ours brothers and sisters have no mattress to sleep on, have no food to eat? Have we considered some of our court room and see the need to logistics among other things ? Judge Peabody stated.
He wants all stakeholders to participate in the operation and dispensation of justice to effectively work together to achieve a common goal.
According to the civil law court A judge Kennedy Peabody, the objective of stakeholders participation are essential to developing a successful court administration, adding that it is important to keep the wheel of justice working.
He at the same time said that the participation for efficient operation of the court should not encroach on the independence of the court and the judiciary as a whole..
“ let me hasten to say, this participation and efficient operation of the court should not encroach on the independence of the court and the judiciary as a whole, rather let the administration of justice and coordination of stakeholders be seen to ensure effective and efficient administration of justice, to ensure that criminal matters are speedily dealt with, congestion in our courts and prison are drastically reduced .” Judge Peabody maintain..
Meanwhile Judge Kennedy Peabody said stakeholders participation can positively affect the productivity and output of the judiciary, saying that there are limitations as regarding the duty and functions of the judiciary as one of the three and equal branches of government.
He revealed that the stakeholders coordination and participation should and cannot be used to determine the trial procedure, or how cases are handle by the court ,not influence or how the outcome of cases should be. It