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Supreme Court Assigns Seven Magistrates in Bong

As part of efforts to enhance quality justice system in rural Liberia, the Supreme Court of Liberia recently assigned seven professional magistrates in Bong County from the James A.A Pierre Judicial Institute following fifteen months of legal training.

Speaking at the formal commissioning ceremony, Associate Justice Kabineh Jan’eh underscored the need for the creation of more magisterial areas in populated counties across country to ensure the dispensation of justice.

Justice Jan’eh pleaded  with the legislature  to collaborate with  the  supreme court toensure the establishment of  additional magisterial areas  through legislation  to guarantee the smooth dispensation of  justice.

He observed  that there were more magisterial  courts  in some less populated counties, making specific  reference  to Sinoe  and Grand Kru Counties in south-eastern  Liberia with nearly fifty magisterial areas despite its low population.

The Associate Justice indicated that the creation of magisterial courts should purposely serve to dispense justice to the needy rather than serving as an avenue for the creation of jobs for people who are not up to the task to properly execute their responsibilities.

Speaking further, he wondered why a county like Bong with a population of over three hundred thousand will have less than ten magisterial courts, pointing this is unrealistic as such the county is being under serve in the dispensation of justice which needs to be looked at seriously to fill the gap.

He used the  occasion  to  urged  the Bong County Legislative Caucus  and  local bar to collaborate their efforts  to ensure the establishment  of  additional magisterial areas in the county with a growing  population.

Also  speaking at the commissioning  ceremony of  professional magistrates, the resident  circuit  judge of Bong County  Boimah  Kontoe described  the assignment of the newly  trained magistrates in the county  as dream come true which will immensely beef up the professional strength  of court system in the county.

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The resident circuit judge challenged the legal practitioners to work with diligence and integrity and desist from acts that could bring the judiciary to public disrepute as they go about in the discharge of their duties.

Judge  Kontoe  cautioned  the magistrates despite their study at the James A.A Pierre Judicial Institute they still need practical exposure as such they should  always consult senior legal practitioners  to avoid  simple mistakes in cases that  will come become them for adjudication.

The seven professional magistrates have taken up assignments at the magisterial courts in Gbarnga, Gbarlatuah, Bong Mines, and Salala where they are expected to serve as associate magistrates.

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