Criminal Court “D” Judge Gee-Play Tiklo Konton has frowned on the Supreme Court of Liberia for punishing judges based on judgments they render in cases and called for speedy intervention from judicial actors to ensure the protection of judges.
According to Judge Konton, it is unpleasant to know that judges can be punished by the Honorable Supreme Court for judgment they have rendered. Delivering statements at the opening for May Term of court of the First Judicial Circuit, Criminal Assizes A, B, C,D for Montserrado County, Judge Konton mentioned that the situation leave judges wondering whether they are protected under the Constitution of Liberia. “We judges feel bad to know that we can be punished for our judgments. We wonder whether we are protected under the constitution and we hope judicial actors will do something to ensure our protection,” Judge Konton emphasized. For her part, Associate Justice Sie-A-Nyene Youh refuted Judge Konton’s assertion noting that the high court punishes judges for deliberately disregarding the laws and not for opinions rendered. “Deliberate disregard of the laws and principals by judges leaves the Supreme Court with no alternative but to issue penalties in line with the laws of Liberia,” Associate Justice Youh said, noting, “we will never prosecute judges for their opinions rendered in cases but judges that disregard legal principles which even a first year law student would not do, deserve to be punished.”