Magisterial Court to be constructed in congested Monrovia Suburb

Nov 18, 2015

Partners participating in the ground breaking of the Magisterial Court in Montserrado County

Groundbreaking has taken place for the construction of a magisterial Court in the Monrovia suburb of Omega Community Paynesville, Montserrado County, coinciding with similar purpose of three additional courts to be constructed in Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties.

Funded by the government of Sweden and supported through UNDP managed Justice and Security Trust Fund (JSTF) Programme, this initiative aims at enhancing the Government of Liberia’s efforts to institutionalize the delivery of justice and security services by strengthening the operational and technical capacities of justice and security institutions.

Speaking at the ceremony, His Honor Cllr. Francis S. Korkpor, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, noted that the initiative has come at a crucial period of UNMIL transition, applauding UNDP and the Swedish government for the continued support.

In his remarks, Representative Henry Fahnbulleh Jr. of Montserrado County District # 4 expressed his gratitude to UNDP, the Judiciary and the Swedish government for the initiative. According to him, the issue of justice has to do with accessibility and affordability both of which will be provided when the court is constructed.

The Head of Development Cooperation at the Swedish Embassy in Monrovia, Madam Ewa Nunes Sörenson reaffirmed her government’s commitment to improving access to justice and promoting human rights in Liberia.

“Contributions from Sweden are primarily intended to strengthen peace, respect for human rights, democratic governance and the effective implementation of Liberia’s development strategies” Madam Sörenson noted.

She added that through the JSTF, the government of Sweden is also supporting the training of Security officers as well as providing logistical and operational support to the SGBV Crimes Unit, 250 BIN, 108 police officer and 140 Correction Officers, in addition to the training of three medical doctors as pathologists.

For his part, UNDP Deputy Country Director for Programs Cleophas Torori acknowledged tirelessly efforts and contributions of all partners working together to make “access to justice” a reality. Mr. Torori assured the Judiciary that UNDP remains committed to providing all necessary support to ensure full implementation of projects under the Justice and Security Trust Fund.

The project will be implemented by the Judiciary through local contractors with oversight from UNDP’s Justice and Security Program and the Joint Justice and Security Joint Program Project Management Unit, situated within the Ministry of Justice.

Contact

For more information contact;

Doris Maholo-Saydee -National Project Officer, Justice & Security Program

Email: doris.saydee@undp.org Tel;  +231/770213358/886463109

Augusta Pshorr –Communications Analyst E-mail: augusta.pshorr@undp.org Tel: +231-770-003-819/886-521-425

Sam Zota –National UNV Communications Associate Email: sam.zota@undp.org/zotasam@gmail.com Tel: +231-886-474-563/770175162

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