By: Stephen Fellajuah
MONROVIA – Early signs of the end to the culture of business as usual within the judiciary branch of government as was promised by the new Chief Justice of Liberia, Cllr Sie-A-Nyene G. Yuoh when she suspended with immediate effect Judge Sikajipo A. Wollor from presiding over the 5th Circuit court of Grand Cape Mount County for ethical misconduct as well as the immediate dismissal of Mr. Webster B. Wreh, clerk of the tax court of Montserrado County following an administrative investigation that found him liable for egregious ethical misconduct unbefitting a staff of the judiciary.
In a Communication under the signature of the Director of Communication of the Judiciary, Atty. Ambrose Nmah, disclosed that the Chief Justice Yuoh has with immediate effect suspended the assignment of his honor Sikajipo A. Wollor from presiding over the 5th Circuit court of Grand Cape Mount County.
‘’The decision of the Chief Justice is predicated upon a complaint of alleged misconduct of the judge which is a grave magnitude’’ the communication quoted the Director of Communication.
According to the communication, the complaint has been forwarded to the judicial inquiry commission for a full investigation whilst judge Wollor remains suspended from all judicial functions pending the outcome of this investigation.
The latest action was in line with the strong warning the new CJ sent out to the judiciary family during the official opening of the October Term of Court which also marked her first sitting to proceed over judicial functions held at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia on Monday, October 10, 2022.
In her address during the ceremony, she also promised that her administration will hold no allegiance to any authority, but the principle of law, saying “We will make sure that justice is provided to all pursuant to Article 11 (a) and (b); cardinal to this, I will resolve to not only hear the human rights cases but to render opinion timely and expediently.”
Justice Yuoh urged and encouraged members of the black gowned association and staff of the judiciary to be more ethical and professional and motivated them that the limited budgetary support and aid to the institution should not deter them from doing their job.
While many applaud the expressed intention of the Chief Justice, citizens presented an open challenge to her to go a step further by demonstrating practical actions in her quest to transform the Liberian judiciary.
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