Justice Francis S. Korpor, Chief Justice Acting Interim Supreme Court of Liberia
By George J. Borteh
The attention of the nation will be tuned to the Temple of Justice as the Supreme Court of Liberia is expected to decide the fate of several cases on its dockets following months of review.
This paper, up to press time, did not have the procedural agenda, but dozens of party litigants, legal practitioners, judges of subordinate courts across Liberia may be in attendance.
The Acting Chief Justice and the rest of the Associate Justices will dress in their usual regalia; sit in required positions during the course of the ceremony.
There are said to be numerous landmarked cases before the Bench, among them the one that has to do with ethical complaints filed against judges of courts.
At the same time, three civil society organizations in the country have written the full bench of the Supreme Court of Liberia to use its legal intervention into the land dispute between the Bah Bai and Jesse K.Mulbah as defendants and Madam Mary Sheriff as plaintiff.
The groups referred to as the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations said the issue of the 209.55 acres of land which is situated in the Matadi Estate was taken to the Supreme Court of Liberia based on a lawsuit filed by a certain Charles C. T. O. King against the Bah Bai, the landlords of Mr. .Jesse K. Mulbah in 1994.
The three civil society groups which comprised of the Movement Against Bad Labor Practice, Illegal Dismissal and Bad Governance in Liberia, Strategic Journalist Committee and Citizens United to Enhance Democracy said that Supreme Court ruled that the land in question belongs to the Bah Bai.
In its three page document copy of which is in the possession of this paper, the group said “following the ruling of the Supreme Court, the National Housing Authority (NHA), a co-Respondent in the same case filed a motion for re-argument on grounds that the Supreme Court rulings overlooked some major issues of law and facts.”
“Quite to the contrary, the Supreme Court held that it had adequately dealt with all the issues of merit and therefore affirmed its earlier opinion (37LLR, 745, Decided February 16, 1995),” the document said.
It is indicated in the document that based on the opinion of the Supreme Court, one of the co-defendants, Jesse K. Mulbah bought one lot of the 209.55 acres of land from the Bah Bai, the man believed to be the legitimate owner and began constructing a three-bedroom house on said land.
But the group alleged that the Supreme Court that once upon time ruled in the case and has ruled in the same case giving the merit of the case.
The group said it was craving the intervention of the Supreme Court headed by acting Chief Francis S. Korpor to sit as team and reverse said opinion because there is a foul-play.