The Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Liberia and the Ambassador of the United States of America accredited to Liberia, on separate occasions paid courtesy calls on the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia.
Ambassador Laurent Delahousse, Head of the EU Delegation to Liberia on Friday, March 19, 2021 paid a courtesy call on the Supreme Court Bench as part of the Ambassador’s program of enabling the establishment of a platform for regular and collaborative dialogue aimed at strengthening the bond between the EU and the Judiciary Branch of the Liberian government.
In the meeting, the Chief Justice and the EU Ambassador discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest, including understanding the operational state of the Judiciary, the importance of the Judiciary in strengthening the country’s democracy, mechanisms to help the court in resolving election matters, Pillar 3 of the PAPD, legislation of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), amongst other issues.
At the end of the meeting, the EU Ambassador reaffirmed the commitment of the European Union in working with Liberia to enhance programs of the Judiciary. Both parties also reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthening the existing partnership between the EU and the Liberian Judiciary and expressed their desire to hold regular consultations.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday March 23, 2021, Ambassador Michael McCarthy, United States (US) Ambassador to Liberia also paid a courtesy call on His Honor the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia. Discussions at the meeting focused on issues of mutual interest between the Government of the United States and the Judiciary Branch of the Government.
The Chief Justice expressed deep appreciation, on behalf of the Supreme Court, for the tremendous assistance to the Judiciary by the government and people of the United States that comes from its Embassy and the USAID. Chief Justice Korkpor particularly appreciated the US government for its support in the training of professional magistrates through the Professional Magistrate Training Program (PMTP) under the James A. A. Pierre Judicial Institute. He also underscored the need for continuous training and exposure of judges and other court staff as well as the building of judicial complexes in counties where required as priorities to the Judiciary in order to enhance judicial independence and increased access to justice.
For his part, Ambassador McCarthy expressed appreciation for the level of work done by the Judiciary and the Embassy of the United States in Liberia. He assured the Supreme Court Bench that his team will continue to work along with the Judiciary in sourcing the needed support to address some of the priority needs of the Judiciary in a more sustainable way.
The meeting ended with both parties reaffirming their commitment to a greater and sustainable partnership between the government of the United States and the Liberian Judiciary.