The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia has given quarterly report on the status of the judiciary as he cautions justice actors to ensure that the judiciary remains intact and fully functional despite numerous challenges facing the system.
Justice Francis Korkpor said specialized Courts, Magistrate Courts, and Circuit Courts throughout the country should continue to execute assignments on a regular basis and make returns.
Releasing his quarterly report, Chief Justice Korkpor announced the total of one thousand twenty-three cases on the dockets of the circuit courts of the criminal division.
Chief Justice Korkpor lamented that of the amount, three hundred and sixty cases were disposed of and nine cases were forwarded on appeal to the Supreme Court while six hundred and fifty-four cases are still pending determination.
Justice Korkpor further explained that in the Circuit Courts of the Civil Division, there were six hundred and eighty-nine cases on the dockets for the last two quarters, four hundred and thirty-nine cases were disposed of; one was forwarded to the Supreme Court, while the remaining two hundred and fifty-one cases are still pending before that court.
Additionally, he noted that in the Specialized Courts in all judicial circuits there were six hundred and seventy-nine cases on the dockets. Of this number, four hundred sixty-one cases were disposed of; three were forwarded on appeal and two hundred fifteen cases pending.
“In the Magistrate Courts in the various judicial circuits courts, there were four thousand six hundred and ninety-three cases on the dockets (4,693), out of which two thousand nine hundred six (2,906) cases were disposed of, one, one hundred seventy-one forwarded on appeal, while one thousand six hundred sixteen (1,616) cases pending,” Justice asserted.
Chief Justice Korkpor stressed, the Magistrate sitting program established by the Supreme Court and Ministry of Justice at the Monrovia Central Prison aimed at curbing the problem of prolonged detention without remains functional and effective.
“For the period in review, there were two hundred seventy-nine cases were heard and disposed of; sixty-six were remanded, while two cases were transferred,” Korkpor said. TNR