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Judge warns against abuse of gavel

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The assigned judge at the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Gbarnga, Bong County has called on fellow judges across the country not to abuse the use of their gavels.

Delivering his charge during the formal opening of the February AD 2020 term of court, Judge KoiboiNuta said the gavel is intended to dispense fair justice to everyone, irrespective of age and status in the society, but not for personal gains.

He said the calling of a judge is very honorable, but solitary place; and one taking on such a task should consider all of the consequences.

He wants judges to be sober and use the gavel helpfully and judicially, stating that everyone will be judged by his or her action or judgment.

Judge Nutais therefore cautions those who cannot withstand the consequences in the judge’s calling to resign and enjoy the glory of men, instead of polluting the system.

“This is a perfect profession that one needs to practice with due-diligence, not to misuse the powers of the gavel and seek personal gains,” he said.

“One thing every Judge needs to know is that whatever judgment you render to anyone, it shall be rendered back to you. That’s why you see some of the Judges can have sicknesses that they can seek medication for, but can’t be cured because if you lie on someone because of money and change the right for the wrong, no matter how long it takes, you can get your rewards” he adds.

Responding to the judge’s charge, Bong County Special Prosecutor for Sexual Gender – Based cases, Cllr. Daniel T-Kay Dweh stresses the need for the establishment of separate court to adjudicate civil cases, noting that it would promote speedy trial and decongest the prison facilities.
She furthers that the Ninth Judicial Circuit court currently has about 63 criminal cases with several civil cases, arguing that all cannot be adjudged by the circuit court alone in one court’s term.By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong
–Edited by Winston W. Parley