Former Chief Justice of Liberia, Cllr. Gloria Musu-Scott has cautioned the Country’s Justice System to be mindful and avoid what she termed as a Constitutional crisis.
Speaking Monday at the opening of the Sixth Judicial Civil Law Court in Monrovia, Cllr. Scott stressed the need for the Country’s Justice Minister to always say the truth in the face of the President whenever there is any breach of the Country’s Constitution, referencing happenings in neighboring Guinea.
According to Cllr. Scott, the Coup leader in neighboring Guinea has dissolved the entire justice system of the Country and accused them of being responsible for the coup due to their failure to speak against what he termed as the ‘unconstitutional third term bid’ of the ousted President Alpha Conde.
“Giving a scenario on how the Junta leadership in Guinea has dismissed judges at the court and holding the justice system responsible for the coup in Guinea,” she said.
Cllr Scott furthered encouraged Lawyers and Court Officers to discharge their responsibility with honesty and integrity.
According to her, the role and responsibilities of lawyers and judges must be protected on a daily basis.
At the same time, former Chief Justice Scott has called on lawyers in the Country to protect their role and not to be unstable as they perform their duties, terming courage as a hallmark to the professional practice.
She quoted the New Executive Law of 1974, which according to her protects the Justice Minister and the Prosecuting Attorney and gives them the right to disagree with the president on some constitutional and legal issues.
”Citizens look for competence and confidence in the court, honesty from lawyers, honesty from court staffs,” Cllr. Scott said.
For his part, Solicitor General Cllr. Synrenius Cephus questioned the assertion from the former Chief Justice Minister and said Liberia as a Country continues to set a benchmark for governance and self-determination in Africa.
“Cllr. Scott, I agreed with you on some of the assertions, but I disagree with you that the Justice system is doing nothing to uphold the rule of law, because, when the movement came for the rule of law to be enforced, you disagreed,” Cllr. Cephus noted.
Cllr. Cephus stressed that the Laws and constitutions of the Country remain stable despite the change of Government and promised that they will live by the law as a Government and as a Country.
He spoke Monday in Monrovia during the opening of the 6th Judicial Circuit Court for its September of Court.