Supreme Court of Liberia
|Supreme Court of Liberia|
|Composition method||Presidential nomination with Senate confirmation|
|Authorized by||Constitution of Liberia|
|Judge term length||70 years of age|
|Number of positions||5|
|Chief Justice of Liberia|
|Currently||Johnnie N. Lewis|
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The Supreme Court of Liberia is the highest judicial body in the West African nation of Liberia. The court consists of the Chief Justice of Liberia and four Associate Justices, who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The justices hold court at the Temple of Justice on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.
Jurisdiction and structure
The court was originally authorized by the 1839 Constitution of the American Colonization Society signed on January 5, 1839. Subsequent constitutions continued to authorize a supreme court, with the 1984 Constitution as the most recent version. Powers and structure of the court are determined by Article VII of the 1984 constitution. The Supreme Court is granted original jurisdiction over constitutional questions by the Constitution of Liberia. The court has appellate jurisdiction over other matters with the next lowest court being the 15 courts of the Circuit Court.
Headed by the Chief Justice, it is the highest body of the country's Judicial Branch. All justices are nominated by the President of Liberia and confirmed by the Senate. The Chief Justice also serves as the top official of the Judiciary. The Supreme Court also has original jurisdiction for cases in which the country is a party and for those issues where ministers or ambassadors are involved.
Justices of the Liberian Supreme Court
- Francis Korkpor, Chief Justice
- Sie-A- Nyene Youh, Associate Justice
- Kabineh Ja'neh, Associate Justice
- Jamesetta Howard Wolokollie, Associate Justice
- Philip A. Z. Banks, III, Associate Justice
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- "1984 Liberian Constitution". The Liberian Constitutions. Archive of Traditional Music at Indiana University. 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-03.
- Jallah, David A. B. “Notes, Presented by Professor and Dean of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia, David A. B. Jallah to the International Association of Law Schools Conference Learning From Each Other: Enriching the Law School Curriculum in an Interrelated World Held at Soochow University Kenneth Wang School of Law, Suzhou, China, October 17-19, 2007.” International Association of Law Schools. Retrieved on September 1, 2008.
- "Chief Justice, Associate Justice of Supreme Court of Liberia Commissioned; President Sirleaf Encourages Them to Accelerate Judicial Reforms - See more at: http://emansion.gov.lr/2press.php?news_id=2579&related=7&pg=sp#sthash.GdJ1382p.dpuf". Executive Mansion. Republic of Liberia. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
- Recent court decisions
- History of the Supreme Court
- U.S. Department of State
- A Guide to the Liberian Legal System and Legal Research
- Republic of Liberia Supreme Court Reports, Volume 1