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UN Liberia Mission Opens Two Renovated Courthouses

UN Liberia Mission Opens Two Renovated Courthouses

As part of its ongoing efforts to improve Liberia’s infrastructure as the once conflict-torn country embarks on the process of reconstruction, the United Nations peacekeeping mission there has officially opened two renovated courthouses.

The buildings in Kakata, Margibi County, and Gbarnga, Bong County, were renovated through the UN Mission in Liberia’s (UNMIL) Quick Impact Projects.

During Friday’s ceremony marking the opening of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court in Kakata, the Officer-in-Charge of UNMIL said improving the judicial infrastructure is an essential part of strengthening the justice system and re-establishing the rule of law in Liberia.

“It is incumbent upon all members of the judiciary, the prosecution and the public and private defence bar to play their part by performing their duties and functions in a manner characterized by dignity, fairness, transparency and integrity,” said Luiz Carlos da Costa.

Later speaking at the Gbarnga Judicial Circuit Court, Mr. da Costa said the equal treatment of all persons, whether rich or poor, would engender greater public confidence in the system.

“The principles of equality before the law and due process of law must be upheld,” he said. “There is no place in the justice system for corruption and discrimination.”

He also urged the review of several laws, including the bail law, to make them more effective.

“The issue of bail for very serious offences is of grave concern and is a clear and present danger to an effective judicial system,” said Mr. da Costa.

The development challenges facing Liberia were one of the “Ten Stories the World Should Hear More About” released by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) earlier this year.


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