Five Judges Plead For Confirmation

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…At Senate

By: Necus M. Andrews

Five judges recently appointed by President George M. Weah Wednesday appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to defend their qualification for the job for which they were preferred.

In their respective presentations, the judges pleaded with the Liberian Senate for confirmation, promising to dispense justice without fear or favor and to uphold the rule of law.

They include Cllr. Joe S. Barkon, Judge designate for the 2nd Judicial Circuit Court; Cllr. At-Law, Ousman Fritz Feika, Judge designate of the Circuit Court in Grand Cape Mount County; D. Onesimus Barwon, Judge designate of the 1th Judicial Circuit Court in River Cess County; Cllr. Roland F. Dahn, Judge designate of the 8th Judiciary Circuit Court in Nimba and Atty. Wallace Wilson, designate of the debt Court in Bong County.

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During the confirmation, the judges spoke of various plans that would in their thinking bring relief and sanity to the judiciary, ranging from modernizing the court systems, swift dispensation of justice to reduce overcrowding of causes and resisting corruption in the court.

Cllr. Joe S. Barkon told the Senate Judiciary committee that one of the reforms he intends to bring to the justice system in Grand Bassa is the creation of more courts in the county to allow the residents access justice easily.

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Cllr. Barkon also recommended to the Senate to consider as part of the judicial reform the creation of what he calls separate court to hear smaller cases from reaching the Supreme Court.

He said this would reduce cases from the court’s docket and allow it to deal with only constitutional issues.

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Cllr. At-Law, Ousman Fritz Feika, for his part promised to introduce digital system in the count in Bassa to allow a fair dispensation of justice.

He told the Senators that if justice must be free and fair it must be opened to the people involved, and that he intends to create a system where every case will be screened live for the public to see.

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