Liberian Judges are determined to pursue their legal action against the Weah’s administration, surrounding the cutting of their salaries through the harmonization exercise in 2018.
The Judges’ lawyer Cllr. Johnny Momoh Tuesday filed a four count application to the Court seeking to include the National Legislature as party to their Petition for Declaratory Judgment.
Cllr. Momoh’s application among other things cited Article 34 (d) of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia which authorized the National legislature to make appropriations for the fiscal governance of the Republic of Liberia.
While, Chapter 13, Section 13.4 (1) of the New Judiciary Law provides that salaries of justices, judges and stipendiary magistrates should be fixed by statute and should be provided by annual budgetary appropriation.
As a result of these legal provisions, Cllr. Momoh is pleading with the Court to grant his clients’ request by including the National Legislatures as party of the Petition for Declaratory Judgment consistent with Law.
The application to the Court comes at a time when the Government of Liberia is seeking for settlement without litigation with the judges.
On October 3, about 20, Circuit Court Judges filed a fourteen count petition for Declaratory Judgment at the Civil Law Court in connection with the cutting of the judges’ salaries by the Weah’s administration through harmonization exercise in 2018.