“We hold no allegiance to anyone”
Says Justice Yuoh
By Lincoln G. Peters
Liberia’s newly commissioned Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Sie-A-Nyene G. Yuoh says her administration will hold no allegiance to any authority, but the principle of law.
Speaking during her official seating and opening for the October Term of the Supreme Court Monday, 10 October 2022, she vowed a robust judiciary under her administration.
“We will make sure that justice is provided to all pursuant to Article 11 (a) and (b), ” said Chief Justice Yuoh.
“Cardinal to this, I will resolve to not only hear the human rights cases but to … render opinion … timely and expediently,” she added.
Her official seating on Monday was graced by President George Manneh Weah, Speaker Bhofal Chambers, Senate President Pro – Tempore Albert T. Chie and members of the Legislature.
Members of the diplomatic corps, lawyers and other invitees were in attendance.
Chief Justice Yuoh argued that the former Chief Justice of England John Marshall knelt before the throne of the King when taking oath in obedience to the King.
In taking his oath as to the administration of the law, she said he stood up before the King to demonstrate that he held no allegiance to the Monarch or anyone except the written law and his conscience.
She vowed to be very robust and straight to the law as former Chief Justice Marshall.
Chief Justice Yuoh noted that her abiding conviction to uphold constitutional principles of due process guarantees all citizens and residents their rights.
Following her confirmation by the Liberian Senate last month, President Weah commissioned Chief Justice Yuoh as successor of retired Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor, Sr.
She becomes Liberia’s third female Chief Justice. She was serving as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court since her appointment by former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf before being elevated as Chief Justice by President Weah.
Chief Yuoh said she is resolved to discourage the filibustering by lawyers and clients who are determined to delay cases through unnecessary legal technicalities just to frustrate the end of justice.
She said she expects that all trial judges will gradually follow the examples of her administration on the Supreme Court bench.
She said she holds the view that lack of adequate support to the judiciary is an erosion of the rule of law, peace, and security of the republic.
Notwithstanding, Chief Justice Yuoh cautioned that these challenges should never deter judges and magistrates from the core duty that they have to perform.
In this regard, she said her colleagues whom she has worked with on the bench have agreed in principle to forester an unprecedented process of tackling these challenges.
She said they have agreed to build strong coordination between the Supreme Court and the other two branches of the government.
“We have agreed to maintain a vibrant network between the bench and the Liberia National Bar Association,” she said.
She noted that she has resolved to implement judicial policy that will make the working of the court appreciated by the citizens and residents.
The third female chief Justice added that cardinal to all this, she will resolve to not only hear the human rights cases but to render opinion expediently and timely.–Edited by Winston W. Parley