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Drama at Temple of Justice 

-as Chief Justice orders party litigants out in the rain 

Liberia’s Chief Justice Yuoh throws out party litigants in the rain, saying the judiciary has no place for bystanders.

By Lincoln G. Peters 

Monrovia, Liberia, June 6, 2024- Liberia’s Chief Justice, Her Honor Sie-A-Nyene G. Yuoh, and party litigants engage in heated contestation here over forceful and immediate halt of movement of party litigants within the lobby of the court, particularly at the Monrovia City Court.

Chief Justice Yuoh arrived at the City Court a minute after 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5th, 2024, under a heavy downpour and ordered sheriffs assigned to push party litigants who had gone to the court for hearing of cases in the rain, making the grounds of the Temple of Justice a scene of attraction and drama.  

Chief Justice Yuoh’s vehicles used the corridor of the Monrovia City Court, where she met a huge crowd waiting to enter the room for the hearing of their cases, according to their assigned times.

“Put them outside. Whether it’s rainy or not, push them outside because there is no waiting area here”, a rather furious Chief Justice Yuoh was heard, ordering sheriffs and bailiffs to push those waiting for their cases in the rain.

The Liberian Chief Justice also complained to sheriffs and bailiffs to the chief security at the Temple of Justice about not always implementing her “No standing and waiting order,” which is not a judicial order.

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However, following her order, the court officers began to implement it to the fullest by putting lawyers and party litigants out in the rain, which sparked outrage among those affected.

Since her ascendency as head of the Judiciary, Her Honor, Chief Yuoh, has ordered court officers not to allow anyone to sit in the courtyard when their cases are not ready or they have no business to do at the court.

No standing, No waiting is part of the Chief Justice’s legacy of rebranding the Liberian Judiciary. 

The Monrovia City Court, the court of first instance, cannot accommodate more than twenty people, and there is no waiting area within the court corridors for party litigants to sit and wait for their cases.

However, in an interview with this paper at the Temple Justice grounds, Samuel Massaquoi, a party litigant, described the Chief Justice’s action as power-drunk and abusive.

According to him, it’s shameful for a Chief Justice, who has knowledge and wisdom, to act childish despite being informed that she is being paid from citizen’s taxes.

”Why are women always authoritative when they are holding public office? I frown on the Chief Justice’s action toward us,” Massaquoi adds.

He laments that the Chief Justice should remember that they (the public) gave her the power because, as citizens, they voted for the President who appointed her.

“I am glad that the Chief Justice is saying all those things and walking. She can’t stand and look in our faces and speak like that. If we don’t have business here, will we be here? Also, where did they provide seating capacity for party litigants before she talked to us like children? If the rain is good for us, why doesn’t she stop under it? She’s not better than us.”

Oldma Rebecca Wilson also expressed shock and disappointment over the Chief Justice’s posture when talking to people in such a manner.

“My son, I have a case here; that is why my son and myself are here. The way that woman talked, shouted at us and told the security people to throw us in the rain was not fine. She is a woman, so I don’t expect her to talk like that. What is happening with Liberia?” Mrs. Wilson asks in disappointment. Edited by Jonathan Browne

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