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S/ Court Halts Senate’s Confirmation Of Associate Justice Designate, But….

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By: Frank P. Martin

MONROVIA: The Justice In Chambers of the Supreme Court of Liberia, Jamesetta Wolokollie, has issued a stay order on the confirmation hearing of Cllr. Musa Dean, as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia.

The Stay Order was issued yesterday, January 3, 2023, at the Temple of Justice on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.

This followed Unity Party (UP), through its National Chairman, Rev. Luther Tarpeh; Amose Tweh, Secretary General; and other Party officials’ Writ of Prohibition filed before the Full Bench of the Supreme Court of Liberia, seeking notification of confirmation of Justice Minister Musa Dean.

According to the writ of petition filed in the titled case involving the petitioner (Unity Party), versus the Liberian Senate by and through its President of the Senate, President Pro-Tempore’ and the entire leadership of the Senate, versus Frank Musa Dean, as Attorney General and nominee subsequently, the Clerk of the Honorable Supreme Court, commanded the Marshall of the Supreme Court to notify the respondents, namely: Liberian Senate by and through its President , Jewel Howard Taylor; and the President Pro Tempore, Albert T. Chie; and the entire leadership of the Liberia Senate, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean as Attorney General and nominee for the office of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia, to appear and file their returns and briefs before the Full Bench of the Honorable Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia on Monday, January 8, 2024, to show cause why the petitioner’s petition as prayed for should not be granted.

The citation also commanded the Marshall to instruct the respondents to file the official returns to the writ of prohibition before Monday, January 8, 2024, and to read to them the original and leave a copy of the writ with the respondents.

Since the appointment of Cllr. Dean to the Associate Justice Position, there has been uproar from the public as well as the Unity Party on the timing of said position.

The Unity party has contended that the decision to make such an appointment to a key position was unnecessary since there are limited days for the inauguration of the incoming leadership.

However, the Senate has since set a date for a confirmation hearing of the nominee for the Associate Justice post, which has forced the Unity Party to use a legal remedy to halt the process, since they believe it was unconstitutional to do so.

Unity Party will now look toward the high court to determine whether President Weah’s decision was right or not, as Justice in Chambers Jamesetta Wolokollie has granted their request for prohibition on the senate confirmation hearing.

The parties are expected to appear before the Justice in Chambers on Monday, January 8, 2024, for a hearing into the matter.
“You are hereby commanded to notify the parties in the above-entitled cause of action or their legal representative, that the Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia will hear the argument in said cause on the 8th day of January, A.D. 2024, at the hour of 11 a.m. and they are cited to be present for same,” a communication from the Justice in Chambers ordered the Clerk of the Supreme Court.

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