MONROVIA – President George Manneh Weah has finally appointed Cllr. Wesseh Adolphus Wesseh, former Assistant Minister for Litigation at the Ministry of Justice as Relieving Circuit Court Judge of the Judicial Branch, following his confirmation by the Liberian Senate.
As in the normal procedure, after being cleared by the Senate, President Weah was informed about the positive outcome from the nomination and in turn, the President communicated to Cllr. Wesseh about his appointment dated March 29, 2023, although the appointment took effect on March 17, 2023.
“I am pleased to advise that based upon notification from the Honorable Liberian Senate of your confirmation; you are hereby appointed Relieving Judge in the Judiciary Branch of the Government of Republic of Liberia, effective Friday, March 17, 2023.
“Please accept my congratulation and my expression of trust in your ability to make a meaningful contribution in your area of responsibility as we strive to move our country forward in a process aimed at enhancing peace, reconciliation and development”, President Weah said in the letter of appointment.
Wesseh’s appointment was preceded by some delay in confirming him since he was appointed on October 11, 2022 and even got the President of the Liberia National Bar Association, Cllr. Sylvester Rennie infuriated when he condemned the senate for the delay during the opening of the March Term of the Supreme Court.
The position is one of the two additional new Relieving Judge positions created after the National Legislature amended the judiciary law in Liberia.
Cllr. Wesseh, graduated in May 2011, with an LLB degree from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia.. He also holds an LLM Degree in Transnational Criminal Justice from the United Nations Interregional Crimes and Justice Institute (UNIRCI), based in Turin, Italy in July 2021.
As an experienced prosecutor, Cllr. Wesseh has previously worked at the Liberian Senate, as a staff for some thirteen (13) years and has also worked for eleven years now at the Ministry of Justice, since he graduated from the law school in May 2012.
He has then first served as Legal Counsel, assigned to Criminal Courts A and D; and was then appointed County Attorney for River Gee in November 2012.
During the period, he was reassigned to Grand Bassa County, as County Attorney in 2016 for two terms of courts between May to August 2016, before his appointment as Assistant Minister for Litigation, by President Weah in March 2018.
At the Ministry of Justice, he also served as Lead Prosecutor for Trafficking In Person cases, where he was directly involved in prosecution of thirteen trafficking In person cases, which improved Liberia’s ranking in the US State’s Department annual Human Trafficking report from tier three watch list to tier two.
His role in Prosecuting Trafficking In persons cases was recognized and rewarded by the US States Department, when he was invited to the US States Department for a fellowship on Trafficking in Persons Washington DC, January 2023, along with others actors for a Human trafficking fellowship.