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Gongloe Wants Bar Involved In Appointments Of Judges, Magistrates

By Grace Q. Bryant
The president of the Bar Association of Liberia, Cllr. Taiwan Gongloe, is calling on the President of Liberia to seek the advice of the Bar before appointing magistrates, judges and justices in the country.
Cllr. Gongloe said when the Bar’s Judicial Committee is given the opportunity to advise the President through its Executive Council before appointments are made for lawyers that could avoid the mistakes and forge the full cooperation of members of the LNBA.
Making the remarks on Monday, March 9, at the opening of the March Term of The Supreme Court, Cllr. Gongloe said such collaboration is good adding, “We want to be a partner of the President in strengthening the capacity of the Judiciary so that it performs the duties assigned to it by the Constitution of Liberia,” Cllr Gongloe maintained.
The Bar proxy expressed that the Legislature should enact a law that will make the interference with the enforcement of judgments and judicial orders an impeachable offense for elected officials and a ground for dismissal of appointed officials of government and civil servants.
Cllr. Gongloe revealed that people in position of influence within the three branches of government should disciplined themselves enough to allow the legal system to work.
President Gongloe said magistrates are the most vulnerable stating that recent history has shown that when they make ruling or enter judgments that are not favorable to the state they are removed or transferred.
President Gongloe also said that, this tend to have a chilling effect on all other magistrates and judges to make decisions, including rending and enforcement of judgments involving title to real property, there has also been reports of lawyers telling their clients not to obey court orders.
According to him, the LNBA intends for this year’s assembly to be a forum for a brutally frank but civil exchange of views on the issue of the unethical conduct of lawyers and judges noting, “We have no doubt that the court will support the idea that the Assembly will be a contempt-free zone for all lawyers so that they can freely express themselves on the matter that threatens the integrity of the legal profession in Liberia.”

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