Amid many reports that backlink Judicial actors, particularly judges, to corrupt methods that tend to undermine public confidence in Liberia’s justice process, a judge of the Civil Legislation Court on Monday, December 21, employed the Bible Reserve of Leviticus to warning his colleagues towards unethical procedures.
Providing the judge’s charge at the opening of Civil Legislation Court ‘A’ and ‘B’ at the Temple of Justice, Judge Peter Gbeneweleh reminded his colleagues to be cognizant of the scriptural reference of Leviticus 19:15.
In the verse, God is commanding the little ones of Israel, indicating: “You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the bad, nor honor the human being of the mighty. In righteousness you shall decide your neighbor.” (New King James Model)
Paraphrasing the scripture, Choose Gbeneweleh explained: “Be genuine and just when you make decision in legal scenarios, do not display favoritism to the lousy or fear the abundant.”
In accordance to the choose, Leviticus outlines 4 characteristics of a choose, “Honesty, fairness, impartiality, neutrality and courage.”
“These features are also contained in our judicial canon of 1999. We should normally subscribe to these qualities and use our gavel of authority correctly and fearlessly in all cases right before us based mostly on proof and relevant legal guidelines in these scenarios,” Judge Gbeneweleh told his viewers, which comprised primarily judges and attorneys.
He reminded his colleagues that they are beneath oath to often discharge their judicial responsibilities and capabilities with a higher degree of neutrality, fairness, impartiality, transparency, braveness and professionalism, so as to restore general public assurance in the justice method.
Cautioning judges on the Constitutional provision of equality, Decide Gbeneweleh mentioned, “All citizens and people within just the territorial confines of the Republic of Liberia are equal prior to the legislation, irrespective of their standing, race and ethnicity, political and religious affiliation.”
Detailing further more, Choose Gbeneweleh challenged his viewers when he said, “our respective courts should similarly address our citizens and people showing up prior to us as litigants… In order text, the solid and the weak and the wealthy and the very poor will have to similarly be dealt with before us as judges.”
In accordance to Gbeneweleh, their “legal obligation as judges is to dispense justice with out concern or favor and render fair and impartial judgment in our instances right before us. This certainly will restore community confidence in the Judiciary,” he billed.