“Let Justice Shine”…Chief Justice Intimates

Mar 2, 2017

Chief Justice Francis Korkpor cutting the ribbon to the new Magisterial Court

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia Francis S. Korkpor, Sr. has urged Magistrates and Associate Magistrates in Karnplay, Nimba County to ensure that justice is impartially served to the people in that part of the country.

“It’s not the building that we want to see shine. What we want to see shine more is the justice that you will deliver from this building…. The building will be meaningless and the people will lose confidence in it and they’ll not even want to come here. They will take the law in their own hands. So, let justice shine from here…” Chief Justice Korkpor said.

Speaking in Nimba County recently when a newly constructed Magisterial Court was dedicated in, Karnplay Nimba County, the Chief Justice said if justice is not impartially served to the people, it might result into lawlessness and mob justice.

He said the development of Liberia is everybody’s business. He added: “We have to do this together, you help us and we help you. And we, together, develop our country. You gave us land, see what we have done here.”

The Chief Justice thanked the people of Karnplay and the leadership of the County for the support and cooperation shown to the project team and the contractors.

The project was implemented by the Government of Liberia with the Government of Sweden through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

In her remarks, the Programme Specialist and Second Secretary, Human Security at the Embassy of Sweden, said it is hoped that the newly dedicated court serves the interest and gain the trust of the people. Ellen Swedenmark added: “Trust is the most important fundamental virtue in our society…”

Ms. Swedenmark said justice and the rule of law are also fundamental to the maintenance of peace and stability.

She said the Government and people of Sweden remain committed to the long partnership that has subsisted between Liberia and Sweden.

She thanked the Chief Justice and members of the Judiciary for leading and upholding justice and the rule of law in Liberia.

Ms. Swedenmark also lauded UNDP for being a strong and trusted partner to the people of Liberia and Sweden over the years.

Earlier in remarks, UNDP Country Director, Dr. Pa Lamin Beyai encouraged members of the community and the county to ensure the proper maintenance of the facility.

“We want to come here after two years to see the same standard being maintained…” Dr. Beyai said.

He said the presence of the Chief Justice at the dedication program shows his strong and committed leadership and interest in working with development partners to ensure the strengthening of the country’s judicial sector.

For her part, the Program Manager of the Justice and Security Joint Programme (JSJP) Joyce Frankfort said the establishment of the Justice and Security Trust Fund (JSTF) was to strengthen the operational and technical capacities of the Judiciary, the Ministry of Justice and other agencies within the context of overall justice and security reform.

“Specifically, support was provided in terms of strategic development, capacity strengthening, operational support, logistics and infrastructure. The idea was to ensure that justice and security organs achieve a level of effective and sustained operations, ensure the maintenance of law and order and promote justice throughout Liberia” Ms. Frankfort noted.

In separate remarks, Nimba County Superintendent and the Mayor of Karnplay City thanked the Government of Sweden and UNDP for the project.

Contact

For further information, contact:

Saydee, Doris- National Project Officer Email: doris.saydee@undp.org) Tel: +231-0770213358

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: zotasam@gmail.com Tel: +231-886-474-563/770175162