Lack of Data Delays Judicial Reporters Function By: Yassah J Wright

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Nowadays, at the Judiciary Branch of Government to obtain document from the different courts has become a challenging one for journalists covering the various courts. About a week, several attempts have been made by journalists in obtaining court minutes but yield no result as some court staffs have complaint about lack of ink and internet package to send out emails.

Since her appointment as Chief Justice in August 2022, Sie-A- G. Yuoh has emphasized the name to rebrand the Judiciary, ranging from analogue courts to digital. During the October Term of the Supreme Court of Liberia Opening, she reiterated her position on modernizing the courts; as such, making reference to the Monrovia City Court Judge who is in line with the rebranding process.   It can be recalled that Chief Justice Yuoh called for the rebranding of the Judiciary to create a strong positive image and perception of the branch of government responsible to interpret the laws in Liberia, which she said has been discouraging; as such, it will evidently engender greater public trust and dependability in the judicial system. Her latest decision to rebrand the Judiciary comes after the United States Department of State released its 2021 reports on Human Rights which among other things suggested that the lack of independence in the Liberian justice system is marred by corruption and imbalance in the dispensing of justice.

“Our brand marks will entail improvement in the quality of Judicial services provided in our courts across the country by elevating the quality of personnel at the Judiciary, whilst at the same time, working to improve the infrastructure that will provide a conducive work environment,” Chief Justice Yuoh noted.  According to her, it will also strengthen the system of monitoring and evaluation on job performance, to ensure that professionalism becomes the hallmark at the Liberian Judiciary rather than business.  The highest court in the country has said it will embark on massive public awareness of the functions of the Liberian Judicial system by using the various communication methods and tools to ensure that the Liberian people and other nationals residing in this country are fully educated on the workings of the judicial system. “To monitor and evaluate the performance of our Magistrates and to enhance efficiency and restore order on our magisterial courts, the bench has also evoked Section 7.5, “the Liberian Chief Justice maintained. Quoting Section 7.5 of the Judiciary Law as amended in 2013, Justice Yuoh said the states: “A Stipendiary magistrate shall hold office for a period of four years and shall be eligible for reappointment but he may be removed from office by the president prior to the expiration of his term of office for cause established by an investigation conducted by the Judiciary Inquiry Commission.”

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