Monrovia-The Assigned Circuit Judge of the sixth Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia Judge Ousman F. Feika has warned all lawyers who are not licensed to “keep a distance” from the court.
Delivering the Judges’ charge Monday, December 19, 2022, at the Temple of Justice Judge Feika said only lawyers who are licensed and cleared by the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) of dues and other levies would be allowed to file papers before the court or make representation on behalf of clients.
Judge Feika revealed, “if you are not licensed and cleared by the LNBA of other fees and levies, just keep your distance until at such time when you shall have made your status current.”
“We would also like to admonish lawyers appearing before the court during this term and going forward, to ensure that their licenses are current as contemplated under rule five of the Rules of Court,” he said.
According to him, lawyers should get respect for the court as outlined and contained in the Revised Rules of Court which shall be the guiding principle.
“To all lawyers appearing before the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Equity and Admiralty, we wish to remind you of the enormous responsibilities imposed upon you by the Code of Moral and Professional Ethics as well as the rules of court. Respect for the court as outlined and contained in the Revised Rules of Court shall be our guiding principle,” Judge Feika.
According to him, judges will not hesitate to apply the law to the full extent possible if there appears to be an attempt(s) by any lawyer or group of lawyers to test the court’s resolve in maintaining the respect and sanctity of the court.
The Judge, however, encouraged lawyers to appear before the court during the term to ensure that lawyers’ engagement with the court was based squarely on the law.
Judge Feika revealed that the court will endeavor to maintain a relationship with lawyers which enhances respect for the rule of law.
Reported by: G. Watson Richards