Under Chief Justice Youh’s Gavel, Pres. Weah graces Supreme Court October Term Opening

Under Chief Justice Youh’s Gavel, Pres. Weah graces Supreme Court October Term Opening Featured

President Dr. George Manneh Weah poses in a photograph with Vice President Jewel-Howard Taylor, Chief Justice Youh, his wife, and members of the Supreme Court Bench.

President Dr. George Manneh Weah on Monday, October 10, 2022 graced the formal opening ceremonies of the Supreme Court of Liberia’s October Term, under the gavel of new Chief Justice Sie-A-Nyene Gyapay Youh.
The opening of the Supreme Court’s October Term of Court is consistent with Judiciary Law Title 17 - Liberian Code of Laws Revised.
It states that, “The Supreme Court shall hold two terms annually, commencing on the Second Monday of October and on the Second Monday of March and continuing as long as the business before the Court may require. They shall be known as the October Term and March Term respectively.”

It can be recalled that on August 23, 2022, President Weah nominated Associate Justice Sie-A-Nyene Gyapay Yuoh as Chief Justice of the Republic of Liberia to replace Chief Justice Francis Korkpor who retired in September 2022.

Following her nomination, Associate Justice Yuoh was confirmed by the Liberian Senate as Liberia’s Chief Justice and subsequently commissioned by President Weah.

The chief justice of Liberia is the head of the judicial branch of the Government of the Republic of Liberia and the chief judge of the Supreme Court of Liberia, while the Supreme Court is regarded as the final arbiter of justice in the country.

Speaking during the opening of this October Term of Court, A. D. 2020 on Monday, October 10, 2022 at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia, Chief Justice Youh, said her administration will strive to owe no allegiance to the monarch or anyone except God.

She said the court is the last place of hope to men on earth, assuring that men rights will be fairly and speedily adjudicated, and that justice will prevail irrespective of the parties involved.

"I will strive to be like Lord Mansfield, Chief Justice of England, who knelt before the throne of the King when taking oath as to his allegiance to the King but when taking his oath as to the administration of the law, rose from his knees and stood up erect before the King to demonstrate that he owes no allegiance to the monarch or anyone except his God, the written law, and his conscience, " she stressed.

Chief Justice Youh pointed out that the pursuit of justice is the very essence for the establishment of “Temple of Justice”, which is the umbrella of all courts in Liberia’s jurisdiction.

“The law makes no distinction between men when before it; the high and low here are both on an equal level. The law, while just, has no sympathy; it neither makes men rich nor poor; hence the claim to be rich can have no influence with it; and to plead poverty can awaken no sympathy,” the Liberia’s new Chief Justice intoned.

The new Chief Justice recalled that former Chief Justice Dossen in the case 1914 that "the courts stand between order and anarchy, facing the latter with a stern repressive frown, and extending aid and encouragement to the former…Justices/judges have to walk between the Government and the man that the Government is prosecuting–between the most powerful individual and poorest and most unpopular without taking sides.”

She vowed to uphold the constitutional principles of due process guaranteed to all citizens and residents alike, and ‘‘our resolve to discourage the filibustering by lawyers and clients, determined to procrastinate cases in our courts through unnecessary legal technicalities just to frustrate the ends of justice’’.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Youh appreciated her predecessor, former Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor, Sr. for his leadership, problem-solving skills, and strong legal analysis, which according to her, contributed to the opinions of the Supreme Court d many administrative matters of the entire Judiciary.
Additionally, she welcomed Counsellors Necular Edwards and U-Jay W.H.S. Bright into the Judiciary Family as Judge of the Monthly and Probate Court for Montserrado County and Judge of the Tax Court, Montserrado County respectively.


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