Chief Justice Wants Law Grads Serve As City Solicitors

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MONROVIA, June 26 (LINA) - Chief Justice Francis Korkpor has called on the Ministry of Justice to replace all acting City Solicitors at the Temple of Justice with Law School graduates as of Monday, June 30, 2014.

“Since we have the first batch of trained law school graduates as city solicitors, as of now I do not want to see anyone who is not a law school product practicing at the Temple of Justice,” he emphasized.

Justice Korkpor made the call on Thursday at the Temple of Justice at the official closing ceremony of a two-month City Solicitors Training Workshop conducted by the Judicial Institute in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice.

The Liberian Chief Justice observed that non-law school graduates serving as City Solicitors do not understand the laws, thereby posing problems in the adjudication of cases on appeal at Circuits Courts and the Supreme Court.

He expressed optimism that the appointment of trained law school graduates will ease most of the problems currently being faced.

He lauded the Ministry of Justice for the bold step taken in ensuring that law school graduates take over posts occupied by non-lawyers who are serving as city solicitors.

Meanwhile, the Liberian Chief Justice has cautioned the graduates to put into practice the knowledge they have acquired over the past two months.

In remarks at the ceremony, the Solicitor General of Liberia, Cllr. Betty Lamin-Blamo lauded the Judicial Institute for training City Solicitors who will be sent to Magisterial Courts across the country to help citizens gain access to justice.

Cllr. Blamo promised that with adequate support, the Ministry of Justice will train city solicitors to be assigned in all the counties to help improve the justice system.