Posted by: africanpressorganization | 16 August 2008

Liberia / UNMIL to continue supporting Liberia establish an effective judicial system, Deputy UN Envoy assures


Liberia / UNMIL to continue supporting Liberia establish an effective judicial system, Deputy UN Envoy assures



MONROVIA, Liberia, August 16, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Deputy Head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Ms. Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu and Liberia’s Chief Justice, His Honour, Johnnie Lewis, have jointly performed a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new UNMIL-funded magisterial courthouse in Liberia, stressing the importance of magisterial courts in strengthening the country’s judicial system. The US$25,000 courthouse is being built at Unification Town, close to the Roberts International Airport, about 45 kilometres from Liberia’s capital, Monrovia.


Ms. Mensa-Bonsu, who is the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for the Rule of Law, described magisterial courts, the first court of instance, as the pivot of a nation’s judicial system. “They say the strength of a chain lies in its weakest link; so does the strength of a judicial system lie in its magisterial courts.”


The Deputy UN Envoy said it was for the realization of the unique role magisterial courts play in promoting the rule of law that UNMIL was committed to building new courthouses and rehabilitating old ones in Liberia. She pledged UNMIL’s determination to support the Government of Liberia establish an effective judicial system in the country. Ms. Mensa-Bonsu told residents of Unification Town to ensure that the courthouse project is properly executed, as it will bring justice to their doorsteps.


For his part, the Chief Justice of Liberia, His Honour Johnnie Lewis, expressed the gratitude of the government and people of Liberia to UNMIL for assisting re-build the country’s judicial sector, saying “UNMIL has been instrumental in ensuring the rule of law in Liberia.” Chief Justice Lewis urged the contractor of the project, the Liberia Care for Humanity, to do quality work.


The Unification Town courthouse project is the fourth magisterial court under construction this year through the UNMIL Quick Impact Projects programme. When completed, this will bring to 17 the number of courthouses constructed and rehabilitated in Liberia by UNMIL. In all, UNMIL has since 2004, spent more than US$1.2 million constructing and rehabilitating rule of law institutions such as courts, police stations, prisons and immigration posts across Liberia.



SOURCE : Mission of UN in Liberia


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