Lawyers Want SC Full Bench Constituted -To Resolve Post-Electoral Contentions

MONROVIA – The Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) says it is concerned about the delay in the constitution of the full Bench of the Supreme Court since the current Chief Justice Sie-A-Nyene   G. Yuoh was appointed and subsequently seated.

The Liberia National Bar Association says its concern stems from the fact that former Relieving Judge Yamie Quiqui Gbeisey who was nominated, confirmed, and appointed by President George Weah on October 30, 2022, is yet to be commissioned and seated to complete the full Bench of the Supreme Court.

According to an LNBA release issued in Monrovia, Thursday, January 12, 2023, the Bar called on President Weah to consider the commissioning of Judge Gbeisey as Associate Justice because the country is at the verge of holding Presidential and Legislative Elections, and the probability of constitutional issues arising which will need the decision of the full Bench cannot be overemphasized.

The LNBA said it remains confident that its call will be honored in the best interest of the country given the crucial elections at hand.

It can be recalled that the first-round results of the 2017 presidential ended up being contested at the Supreme Court during its October 2017 Term.

At that time, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine and Mr. Harrison S. Karnwea, Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates of the Liberty Party, as First Complainants, joined Second Complainants Joseph Nyumah Boakai and James Emmanuel Nuquay, Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates of the Unity Party to file a case of fraud against the National Elections which was then represented by Chairman Cllr. Jerome Korkoya.

The case was heard under the authority of the full bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor, Sr., Associate Justice Kabiney M. Ja’neh, Associate Justice Jamesetta H. Wolokolie, Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks, III, and Associate Justice Sie-a-Nyene G. Youh.

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