By Grace Q. Bryant
The Assigned Circuit Judge of Criminal Court ‘C’ T. Ciapha Carey, has admitted challenges facing the Judicial system but urged Liberian judges not to allow those challenges to propel them into an act that has the tendency to undercut the integrity of the courts.
Judge Carey indicated that the office of a Judge is not to render advisory opinions but to hear cases and render judgment in the form of an opinion and as such, judgment must be impartial and independent.
He said, “Judgment should not be for sale; nor shall it be delayed, Justice will be dispensed expeditiously to all who seek justice and it will be rendered without fear or favors, no matter who is involved,” Judge Carey asserted.
Speaking at a program marking the Joint formal opening of the First Judicial Circuit, Criminal Assizes A,B,C and D, for Montserrado County, November 2021 Term yesterday, Judge Carey in his charge stated that the office of the Judge is to interpret Law and not to make law or give law.
According to him, Judges will maintain the independence of the office and seek no approval or authorization from any source for their actions or decisions rendered in cases, neither do they wait until there is an echo from the crowd backed by numbers before they can act.
Judge Carey further mentioned that the Judiciary as the custodian of equal and impartial justice is committed to ensuring that Justice prevails in all cases brought before the courts.
He also called on citizens and foreign residents to be in full compliance with the rule of Law, adding, “Do not take the law in your own hands.”