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Judge Dahn Wants MOJ Provide More Empowerment for County Attorneys

MONROVIA, LIBERIA -As the February A.D 2021 Term of Court formally opened, the Assigned Judge at the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Bong County, Roland F. Dahn, has called on the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to provide more empowerment for County Attorneys.

Delivering his change at the Court in Gbarnga City, Bong County, Cllr. Dahn pointed out that if the Judicial System of Liberia should be strengthened, County Attorneys must be buttressed in every aspect, including financial and logistical support. According to him, County Attorneys are the direct representatives of the Ministry of Justice who are government prosecutors at the level of the county. He also disclosed that the court has on its docket 45 civil cases, 39 criminal cases, and 18 sexual abuse related cases, bringing to 105 the total number of cases on the docket.

"Despite relationships, we have come to dispense justice in accordance with the law, and we will not put merit into any case where there is no merit," he emphasized. Meanwhile, Judge Dahn is urging the media to properly conduct investigation into legal cases at the court by professionally engaging persecutors and reading court documents before airing any legal information. Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Bong County Attorney Jonathan Flomo pledged their fullest support to Judge Dahn's administration, noting that bribery in any form will not be accepted in the Judicial System of the county.

He pointed out that it is difficult for government to probe criminal cases that do not begin with the police. Counselor Flomo therefore recommended that before a criminal offense is brought to court, the process should always begin with the police. His recommendation follows an allegation that Magistrates have been withholding indictable cases above their jurisdiction for over six months, thereby making it difficult to speedily investigate those cases. Also making remarks at the court opening, the Public Defender Team represented by Cllr. James C. R. Flomo noted that in order to reduce the number of cases on the trial docket at the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court, persecutors need to respect pretrial motions.

"This is the time to sit and realize all differences in order to find common ground," he noted. Also making remarks, the president of Bong County Bar Association, Cllr. Kula Jackson, stressed that the issue of corruption in all sectors of society must not be taken lightly, if the country should move ahead. He disclosed that at least 3.5 acres of land has been secured in Gbarnga by his Association to build an office space for the local bar. For her part, Bong County Superintendent Esther Yamah Walker said as head of the county, she will support no intimidation of magistrates by traditional leaders.

"From the local government side, we will not allow intimidation of trial judges assigned at magisterial courts," she pointed out. The formal ceremony brought together judges, the Armed Forces of Liberia, civil society organizations and local government officials, including traditional chiefs, and members of the public.

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