No doubt, the Liberian judicial system has borne the brunt of Liberia civil unrest with chronic capacity constraints, to include human, material, and financial resources severely hampering the administration and delivery of justice.
Despite scrupulous rebranding efforts with assistance and interventions from some international partners, the Liberian judiciary still faces the daunting task of dispensing free, fair and impartial justice to all citizens irrespective of status, ethnic background or political affiliation. Thus, the need for clean judiciary that will get the trust, respect and admiration of all cannot be overemphasized. It was against this backdrop, at a retreat for Judicial actors, Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor reminded his colleagues of the need to ensure that core values such as independence, punctuality, impartiality, thoroughness, decisiveness and many other judicial values are at all times upheld during judicial proceedings. The retreat brought together the full bench of the Supreme Court, judges of all Circuit and Specialized Courts, as well as Stipendiary Magistrates from around the country. In this light, it is our belief that as an important pillar of democracy which anchors balance in government, judicial actors (lawyers, magistrates, and judges) must endeavor to thread the path of impartiality and fairness and ensure that judgments are free of bias and interference. We cannot agree more with Justice Korkpor’s assertion that without a strong and independent judiciary, sacred rights might be violated, constituted authority might be challenged, and in time, administrative chaos could result. Indeed the role of the judiciary remains sacrosanct in upholding the rule of law, especially during the upcoming presidential and legislative elections when judges must at all times abstain from “political frays and alignments” so that they remain above reproach as a means of upholding the independence and neutrality of the judiciary. This will benefit the Liberian Judicial circle because Judges will without fear or favor discharge their duties and functions regardless of what or who is involved. We believe that a strong and independent judiciary is a pedestal for sustained democracy that in turn enhances economic development. Equally important, for justice to be served; those who administer justice must be properly trained, equipped, and resourced.