His Honor Cllr. Cornelius Flomo Wennah has Urged Judges assigned at the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court and Criminal Court “E”, Bong County Division, to be studious and master the Laws of Liberia in the discharge of their duties.
Delivering his Charge at the formal opening of the May A.D. 2023 term of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court and Criminal Court E, Bong County Division, His Honor Cllr. Cornelius Flomo Wennah, Resident Circuit Judge, Criminal Court E, Ninth Judicial Circuit, admonished Justice Actors in Bong County to possess the basic skills of being verse and have full understanding of the organic laws of Liberia, in the discharge of their respective duties; thus stressing that Justice Actors are to be fully aware of the facts that are pertinent to the adjudication of cases.
“My charges today are directed to Judges, Prosecutors, Public Defenders and Law Enforcement Officers” His Honor Cllr. Cornelius Flomo Wennah said.
He Continued: “I like to remind us Judges, that we as Administrators of the laws of course, whose responsibility it is to ensure that matters keep running to the court, we should have those basic skills of being very verse when it comes to the effectuation of the laws”.
His Honor Cllr. Cornelius Flomo Wennah in his deliberations, revealed that he has observed over the past time, Judges had been having their first encounters with the facts of their cases when they (cases) are being called; a situation he believes is not in conformity with the workings of Justice Actors in the County and Liberia by extension.
He said Judges are charge with the full responsibilities of viewing their case files twice or thrice to have themselves acquainted with the facts in order to enable them duly ascertain the facts impose to the laws of Liberia, when they are proceedings with cases.
Cllr. Cornelius Flomo Wennah also rallies Justice Actors in the County to be studious and meticulous in the discharge of their functions; counting that the Courts are known to be the places of hope for mankind on Earth as such; it’s prudent for lawyers to have full understanding of the Laws to ensure that cases are appropriately adjudicated.
The knowledgeable Counselor-at-law, wants law-translators at Criminal Court “E” to have a full understanding of a particular subject matter in order to promptly handle some critical cases they might come across.
“As Judges, our understanding of the laws of Liberia must always commiserate with existing realities, because we will always encounter difficult questions to provide answers to, on a daily basis” He cautioned.
He added, that Judges are being tag with the responsibilities to make decisions on laws that guard the conduct of cases; as such the need for judges to be studious and have an appreciation of facts leading to an allegation cannot be overemphasized.
On the part of Prosecutors, Cllr. Wennah cautioned Prosecutors to desist from summing up indictments base on mere speculations; a situation he describe as a defeat to the true end of justice.
“Prosecutors should be meticulous enough to know that complaints that are brought to them are genuine enough to have account of, therefore indictments must not be drawn on the basis of mere gossip or speculations” Cllr. Wennah asserted.
He added: “before our indictments are drawn, let us try to authenticate the facts in order to avoid chaos in our communities, this is not a maritime, we are not compel to hastily win a particular case”.
Cllr. Wennah warned Lawyers assigned at the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court and Criminal Court E, Bong County Division immediately issue-rites and have cases forwarded in line with the disquisitional authority given to lawyers by the laws of the country thus cautioning them to be courageous to always test the laws.
He made the assertions, at the formal opening of the May A.D. 2023 term of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court and Criminal Court “E”, Bong County Division.
Judge Wennah presides over Criminal Court E, Ninth Judicial Circuit in Bong County.
On July 19, 2022 he was honored by United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken as one of six (6) Heroes of the 2022 Trafficking In Persons Report, for lifting Liberia on the world stage as one of the Countries striving to curtailing trafficking in persons.
The opening of the May A.D. 2023 term of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court and Criminal Court “E”, Bong County Division is in conformity of the Judicial laws which mandates that each judicial circuit shall meet four times a year in quarterly sessions.
The First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Thirteenth, and Fourteenth Judicial Circuits of the Circuit Court shall open their quarterly sessions on the second Monday in February, May, August, and November in each year. The quarterly sessions of these circuits shall be entitled the February, May, August and November sessions.
The Sixth Judicial Circuit of the Circuit Court shall open its quarterly session on the third Monday in March, June, September and December in each year. The quarterly sessions of that circuit shall be entitled the March, June, September and December Sessions.