President George Manneh Weah says the expeditious and transparent dispensation of justice is critical to national stability and peace; calls on commissioned circuit judges to dispense justice without fear and favor, but with honesty and fairness; noting that those who dispense justice must hold their loyalty to the Constitution and laws of Liberia and not to a political party, tribe or an individual.
Commissioning the Debt Court judge and other three circuit court judges Friday, November 23, 2018, the President said at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that judges are obliged to, at all times and under all circumstances, declare judgments with utmost honesty and fairness, adding that expeditious and transparent dispensation of justice is critical to national stability and peace.
“You are called to serve the people of Liberia,” the President cautioned the commissioned judges. “You are not called to serve anyone or political party or tribe or your pecuniary interest. I want you to know that Liberia is depending on you to dispense justice with fairness and honesty and without fear and favor,” he sounded a caveat.
The occasion was graced by the Chief Justice of Liberia Cllr. Francis Korkpor, Associate Justice Cllr. Joseph Nagbe, amongst other officials of Government.
The Liberian leader promised that his government would ensure direct support to the Judiciary so as to make the country’s justice and rule of law sector more vibrant and independent.
“Our administration will strongly support the Judicial Branch of Government so that it will be able to fast track cases and reduce bloated dockets in our court system,” he further averred.
The commissioned judges included Cllr. Roland F. Dahn, Resident Judge, 8th Judicial Circuit, Nimba County; Cllr. Ousman F. Felkai, Resident Judge 5th Judicial Circuit, Grand Cape Mount County, and Cllr. Onesimus Barwon, Resident Judge 14th Judicial Circuit Court, Rivercess Court County. Atty. Patrick Wesseh Williams, Debt Court Judge, Bong County, was also commissioned.
Responding on behalf of the honorees, Resident Circuit Court Judge Cllr. Roland F. Dahn thanked President Weah and the Liberian government for the confidence reposed in them to serve the people of Liberia.
Cllr Dahn assured the President that he and his colleagues would serve the people of Liberia and would do nothing to undermine the government’s vision in achieving the national agenda.
He also underscored their willingness to help the government carry out necessary reforms that are required to improve the country’s justice system.