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Judges Operate In Private Homes -Trial Judges President Discloses

by News Manager

By: Frank P. Martin

MONROVIA: Nancy Finda Sammy, President of the National Association of Trial Judges of Liberia (NATJL), has disclosed that due to acute lack of court structures, judges who are assigned in rural parts of the country are now using private residential houses to conduct judicial functions.

According to Judge Sammy, the residential buildings being used as court structures are rented by assigned judges, using their limited personal financial resources.
Although she did not say specifically how much judges can pay for each residential home either monthly or yearly in rural Liberia, the edifices being rented by judges are mostly in complete dilapidated states.

During raining season, the structures being used as courts are often awash by rainwater containing dirt and other unhygienic materials, leading to regular suspension of judicial operations.

The situation, Judge Sammy added, often stalled judicial proceedings at the displeasure of both plaintiffs and accused persons, as well as other stakeholders.

Such development, she added, also contributes to immense undermining of much-needed public trust and confidence in the Liberian judicial system.

Judge Sammy made these assertions recently at program marking the observance of the 10th National Conference of the National Association of Trial Judges of Liberia (NATJL).
She also highlighted the lack of essential supplies and logistics for the smooth and uninterrupted operations of courts across the country.

She disclosed that the problems faced by Liberian judges and other judicial workers have been compounded by the abrupt slash in their salaries and other benefits over the years, inadequate lack of staffs in some courts, especially bailiffs and sheriffs.

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