Grand Bassa County Senator Jonathan L. Kaipay has drawn the Senate’s attention to Article 55 of the Constitution of Liberia, regarding the appointment and commissioning of Notaries Public and Justices of the Peace and other judicial officials.
In his communication dated 30 May 2019, Sen. Kaipay says by virtue of the Constitution, it behooves the Senate to make inquiries to the President in fulfillment of the constitutional requirement. According to him, there is no doubt in the contemplation of the Constitution, the functions of the Justice of the Peace and Notaries Public are key in local jurisdiction.
The Grand Bassa Senator emphasizes that these institutions are cardinal to the maintenance of peace and tranquility among the Liberian people.He suggests that failure to appoint Justices of the Peace and Notaries Public as mandated by the Constitution has an effect on the smooth functioning of the government.
Sen. Kaipay adds that the statute provides that the President shall designate geographic area such as city, and township, among others, over which each Justice shall have territorial jurisdiction and within which he shall hold court for the trial of actions or special proceedings.
He requests plenary to write a communication requesting the Chief Executive to proceed with the nomination of Justices of the Peace and with the consent of the Senate, appoint the full mentioned judicial officers for the smooth functioning of government.
Following the reading of the communication, Sen. George Tengbeh made a motion, accepting the communication, saying that the secretary of the senate should write a communication to the President, reminding him of these nominations.By Ethel A. Tweh–Edited by Winston W. Parley