“No Interference with IAJ”…Chief Justice Asserts
By Caesar Nyan Slapeh
The Chief Justice of the Republic of Liberia, Francis S. Korkpor Sr. has asserted that, there will be no interference with the operation of the Trial Judges Association and the International Association of Judges (IAJ).
The Chief Justice made the remark at the opening of the February Term of Court on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the Temple of Justice.
The Chief Justice’s response emanated from comments of the President of the Trial Judges, Judge Roosevelt Willie when he stated, “The main objective of the IAJ is to ensure the independence of the judiciary guarantee honesty and integrity by making certain that the necessary logistics are provided judges for efficiency and effectiveness, net-work among the various associations and also protect the membership from arbitrary interference and subsequent violation of their rights”.
Judge Willie further pointed out that, the National Association of Trial Judges can revert to their parent body the IAJ when those privileges are not provided to them and if all diplomatic means fail.
The newly elected President of the Trial Judges Association said, the protection of these privileges by the IAJ also comes with its consequences for ethical breach either for the Association or the government when the Association operates.
In his first term as President of the Trial Judges, Liberian judges became members of the IAJ.
The Integrity Judge warned his colleagues that, “it is important to remind ourselves about the maxim in the law which states that he who goes to equity must go with clean hands . In other words, neither the NATJL nor the IAJ will have the face to defend anyone of us or the Association if we do not possess the requisite honesty and integrity”.
Also responding to Judge Roosevelt Willie, the Vice President of the Liberia National Bar Association, Cllr. J. Bima Lansanah appreciated the Judges charge delivered by the President of the Trial Judges Association.
He however expressed dissatisfaction on the absence of more senior lawyers from the program and urged them to take into consideration the seriousness of the present situation.
Cllr. Lansanah noted, “I see more Attorneys-At-Law as compared to senior lawyers whose footsteps the Attorneys should follow,” he added.
He further recognized the presence of a senior lawyer, Cllr. Emmanuel James who attended the program and informed the members of the National Bar Association that, he along with the President of the Liberia National Bar Association, Cllr. Moses Peagar are the first two Liberians to be elected as members of the Governing Counsel of the African Bar Association.
He said this achievement is a milestone for the Liberia National Bar Association.