-Criminal Court ‘D’ Judge, Wollor Asserts
By R Joyclyn Wea
Criminal Court ‘D’ Judge, Cllr. Sikajibo Wollor says Liberia judicial system is in serious trouble and pretending that things are well would lead the system into greater perils than it was before the war.
Criminal Court ‘D’ Judge, Cllr. Sikajibo Wollor
“One knows that the system is in serious trouble when chief justice deems it necessary to invite a judge to his chamber for consultation on the manner in which the judge is conducting a trial or to leave his chamber to confront a trial judge in the middle of a case,” judge Wollor narrated.
Judge Wollor further quoted a statement made by Associate Justice Phillip A.Z. Banks in 2010 by saying “I am convinced today, the same as I was four years ago, and perhaps even more now than in the past that our judicial system is in dire need of a full and complete overhaul.
The criminal court ‘D’ judge stated that unless Judiciary system stop pretending that things are well and begin to grasp in honest the problems and challenges facing the system, thing would not get any better.
Though the criminal court ‘D’ judge did not state where his statement is coming from, but it comes in the wake of extreme circumstances facing the judicial system including fair and equal access to justice for all citizens, the low salaries of judges and other court actors among other things.
Meanwhile, as senior member of the judicial family, judge Wollor revealed that he had made several requests to the Chief Justice for judicial consideration.
Among those recommendations he stressed that the need for some workers of the judicial family had budgeted their time and educated themselves in various universities and colleges and since their graduation; some still receive the same salaries they received short of adjustment.
Judge Wollor maintained that in the judicial system, if there is a vacancy in the high court, judicial magistrate should be considered or recommended to the power that be instead of outsiders and the suspension of judges and lawyers for ethical transgression or violation of the judicial cannon be reduce to not more than six (6) months.
The criminal court ‘D’ judge further asserted that the unchallenged mandate of the Chief Justice of Liberia to assign judges, said mandate should be accorded with reasonability and flexibility for the acquisition and enhancement of knowledge in all the circuit peace with changes and development in the law.