The House committee on Judiciary Claims and petition has submitted a preliminary report with the count of Section 1 to 12- resolution setting out rules governing the petition for the impeachment of Kabineh Ja’neh, Jamessetta Howard-Wollokollie and Philip A.Z Banks, all three being associate justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia.
Recently, five law makers of the 53rd legislature namely: Senators Dan Morias, (NPP, Maryland County), Peter Coleman, (CDC, Grand Kru County) and Jim Tornola (PUP, Margibi County), as well as representatives Numene Bartekwa, (MPC, Grand Kru County) and George Mulbah (NPP, Bong County) filed in a petition to impeach three justices of the Supreme Court. The lawmaker in their petition accused the Justices of the Supreme Court of violating their oaths of office by engaging in misconduct, gross breach of duty and exhibiting clear inability to perform the functions of their offices as Associate Justices. In a resolution read yesterday at the Capitol building, Representative Worlea- Saywah- Dunah Chairman of the committee set up to probe the petition filed by the lawmakers recommended that the three justices be summoned to show cause why they should not be impeached and to file their returns jointly or individually to the house’s committee within ten days following the issuance of the writ of summons. Section 9 of the committee’s recommendation states “the associate justices shall be suspended from office effective on the date stated in the write of summons for them to answer to the petition for impeachment and shall remain suspended pending the final disposition of the impeachment proceeding. They shall not enjoy the benefits of their offices during the course of the impeachment proceeding, but if a final decision absolves and discharges them from the impeachment, they shall be entitled to all benefits they should have received if not for the impeachment proceeding.” The petition arose out of the most recent decisions of the Supreme Court and Judgments in cases involving the Code of Conduct enacted by the legislature in May 2014. Meanwhile the communication and the resolution was read and endorsed by the House plenary.