-As Judge Of The 8th Judicial Circuit Court In Nimba County
The resident judge of the 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Sanniquellie Nimba County, Emery Paye has been retired by the judicial system of the country.
Speaking at the program making the retirement ceremony at the court complex Friday in Sanniquellie, Chief Justice Francis Korkpor said the process is a constitutional requirement.
Justice Korkpor said judge Paye has served the judicial system of Liberia for over twenty years and as such, he must be retired honorably.
According to Article 72 (b) of the Liberian Constitution, The Chief Justice and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court and judges of subordinate courts of record shall be retired at the age of seventy; provided, however, that a justice of judge who has attained that age may continue in office for as long as may be necessary to enable him to render judgement or perform any other judicial duty in regard to proceedings entertained by him before the attained that age.
The Justice Korkpor said once one serving the Liberian Government reaches the age of seventy, he or she must be retired in accordance with the Liberian constitution.
For his part, the retiree, Emery Paye said he is gratified to serve the Liberian people since 1993.
According to Radio Nimba, in his farewell message, Judge Paye begged for forgiveness from those he may have hurt while serving his constitutional duty in the county.
In a related development, the Nimba Bar Association (NBA) has strongly condemned the decision by some members of the 54th National Legislature to impeach one of its members, Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh.
According to a communication under the signatures of Attorney. Tomik Vobah and Cllr. Roland Dahn, the act by some of the lawmakers is ‘unconstitutional’ and a mere false alarm to the public, saying “It’s an unnecessary and misguided attempt to distract the attention of Associate Justice Ja’neh from performing his national duty.”
In their communication, the NBA members maintained that Justice Ja’neh has not committed any act prohibited by Article 71 of the constitution of Liberia to warrant his impeachment.
Article 71 of the Constitution of Liberia says “a justice can only be impeached for misconduct, gross breach of duty, inability to perform the functions of his office or conviction in a court of law for treason, bribery or other infamous crimes.
The Nimba Bar further described the impeachment act as ‘emotionally, maliciously and reckless statement’ made without regard for truth and outside the ambit of the law.
It can be recalled Montserrado County District number eight Representative Acarus Gray wrote a communication to the lower house calling for the impeachment of Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh.
The Nimba Bar Association assures the general public especially the advocates for the impeachment of Justice Ja’neh that they are prepare to legally provide defense while he should not be impeached.