The students, mostly teenagers from the 9th grade class, posed questions to the Chief Justice of the Republic of Liberia along with Justice Philip A.Z Banks.
Some of the students of the ninth grade class were Blessing B Gaye, Lucia Karama, Thomas Akoiwala, Kolubah Bokai, and Rachel Rennie.
During the interaction with the Chief Justice, he explained the various level of the court jurisdiction ranging from the magistrate, Circuit court and the Supreme Court.
Chief Justice Francis S Korkpor pointed out that if court decisions are not correct, people will not be satisfied and if the court is not just, the law will not take its course.
“If somebody goes hunting and someone dies and it is proven that you killed somebody accidently, your sentence is different as compared to the person who killed intentionally. The duty of the court is to listen and decide cases, Justice Korkpor stated.
During the lecture with Justice Banks, students questioned the presidential appointment of the Chief Justice.
The chief justice added that after a wide range of consultations by the president, she appoints the chief justice, and he or she goes before the legislature for confirmation. The president nominates and it goes through a serious scrutiny. And the law says she cannot remove any justice until that justice reaches the age of 70.
Justice Banks told the students that there is no jury in the magisterial courts. He said cases that start from the circuit court have a jury trial if the accused so desires.
He said if the judge agrees with the jury and a party is not satisfies, he or she goes to the Supreme Court, where the final decision is made.
Banks taught the young students about the Children Rights Law as well as the Constitution. “The constitution should be taught in all schools so that you can learn about your rights and responsibilities as citizens,” he told the students.