By: O’Neill A. R. Philips
Liberia’s 25th Chief Justice, His Honor, Francis Saye Korkpor, Sr. honorably retired from the post of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia yesterday, September 27, 2022 amidst a colorful and momentous ceremony on the ground of the Temple of Justice in Monrovia.
The Liberian Chief Legal Priest retirement ceremony graced by the President of the Republic of Liberia, George M. Weah and Vice President Jewel H. Taylor and the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Senate Pro – Tempore of the Liberian Senate and other dignitaries from the diplomatic corps was characterized by excellent pleasantries of the Chief Justice indelible legal service to the state spanning nearly ten years.
Much was said of the outgoing Chief Justice Korkpor by various acclaimed esteemed speakers at the ceremony including President George M. Weah who described Chief Justice Francis S. korkpor a “father figure”.
The commendations was followed by Justice Minster, Frank Musa Dean, Counselor Sylvester D. Rennie, President of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), Ambassador Michael McCarthy of the United States Embassy in Liberia amongst others who offered rich salutations to outgoing Chief Justice Korkpor.
Finally, the distinguished Liberian Legal luminary Korkpor took the national legal pedestal to express his delight and contentment of the Nation Highest Legal office.
Chief Justice Korkpor told the well-attended gathering that assembled in the chambers of the Supreme Court that his contributions to the legal profession in the estate of the Supreme Court were immense and valuable.
He named the construction of additional Judicial Complexes in Bong, Grand Kru, Grand Gedeh, Nimba, and Bomi Counties.
The Outgoing Chief Justice boosted of the full operation of those courts in the country in the dispensation of justice across the country.
He said the construction of modern court offices across the country has made justice more accessible to the public.
The former Chief Justice also disclosed that other judicial complexes are been built in River Gee and Rivercess Counties.
Furthermore, he said under his administration many magistrate courts are being built throughout the country either with direct funding from the Government of Liberia or development partners.
The outgoing Chief Justice named several reforms at the level of central administration within the judiciary including the Inspectorate, the Public Affairs and the project sections.
Chief Justice Korkpor stressed achievements in the conduct of the Professional Magistrate training Programs, the Magistrate sitting Program at the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP), which are yielding results.
“We have established Criminal Court “E” in Bong and Nimba to handle sexual gender based violence case,” the outgoing Chief Justice asserted.
Consequently, he named diverse accomplishments under his administration in consonance with the other branches of government and international partners that have catapulted Liberia’s democracy credential.
In the limelight of the activities that characterized Chief Justice Korkpor retirement ceremony, several awards and certificates were presented to him followed by huge commendations from sectors of the Liberian society.
The Chief Justice at the end of the ceremony was honorably escorted to the “robing Room accompanied by the Dean of the Supreme Court, Frank Musa Dean and the President of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), Sylvester Rennie who honorably retired Chief Justice Korkpor.