“Fear Nothing, Favor None”

first_imgJustice Korkpor: “We must fear nothing and favor none regardless of what or who is involved.” – Advertisement – At the opening of a three day judicial retreat yesterday in Gbarnga, Bong County, Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor instructed judges to fear nothing and favor none regardless of what or who is involved as far as the dispensation of justice was concerned.“Ours is an onerous responsibility. Come what may, we must remain strong and committed to safeguard our nation, and to protect the aggrieved party litigants, who come to us seeking justice. We cannot afford to falter or fail, because the failure of a judiciary can produce a chilling and calamitous effect on a nation,” justice Korkpor said in a strongly-worded statement opening the judiciary retreat yesterday.The retreat was held under the theme: “Strengthening the Rule of Law through Enhanced Judicial Performance.”“We are quite aware that in order to avoid recourse to dissent and rebellion as experienced in our recent past, the rule of law must be based on the principle of justice where freedom of the individual is guaranteed under the law,” the Chief Justice reminded judges.The rule of law, he said, must provide a framework for the exercise of free choice and equal opportunity, “this in turn will give rise to the growth and development of a peaceful nation.“So, we the judiciary must always remain focused, be on top of our game, and be fair in our judicial actions and decisions. We must fear nothing and favor none regardless of what or who is involved” Korkpor admonished.He pointed out that it is important  that judges abstain from all political frays and alignments at all times, especially during the election year in order to remain above reproach and uphold independence and neutrality.“It is important that by our judicial actions and decisions, we create an enabling environment for free and fair conduct of elections,” he added.Justice Korkpor maintained that “many Liberians and foreign nationals within our borders are looking up to the judiciary as the rampart on which they can climb and seek refuge from within when in distress from unlawful intruders and violators of their rights.”Korkpor believes that is a good sign since it clearly indicates that the people are regaining trust and confidence in the judicial system as a forum to impartially adjudicate disputes.Instead of taking the law into their own hands, Korkpor said, “it is better for the people to seek redress through the courts.”Yesterday’s opening ceremony brought together magistrates and judges that are assigned at the various courts across the country.Some of them spoke about the constraints they face while dispensing justice, especially the interference of lawmakers into judicial matters in their respective constituencies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CAPTAIN WHO RESCUED THREE STRANDED FISHERMEN SAYS HE’S NO HERO

first_imgThe fishing captain who saved the lives of three men off the coast of Donegal yesterday has said he is no hero.John ‘Jock’ Harkin was unloading another boat at Leenan Pier when he heard another boat had gone down off Fanad Head.John jumped in his own boat, the Niamh Crone, along with three other men including his son Damien and Sean Kearney and James Doherty. The 58 year old fishing skipper told Donegal Daily “We were unloading fish on Leenan Pier when we heard about the call. We then heard that three men were in the water so we rushed out as fast as we could.“We got to them fairly quickly. Two of them were okay but I honestly thought the third man was dead.“He was a terrible colour and he wasn’t moving at all.“We got them out of the water and got them back to the pier as quickly as we could.” John and his fellow rescuers were first to reach the men who had been forced to abandon their stricken vessel, the St Elizabeth just after 1.30pm.Two of the three rescued men have been named locally as Matthew Kearney and Maurice Ivors.John, from Clonmany on the Inishowen Peninsula, said he is no hero but was just delighted to be able to help save the men.“I don’t think any of us class ourselves as heroes. It’s just what anybody would do.“We didn’t have much time to think about what we were doing. It’s a good thing that someone on board had good eyesight because we got to them fairly quickly. “I wouldn’t like to think what might have happened if they had been in the water much longer.“It could be us in that sea tomorrow and I would like to think that someone would be able to do the same for us,” he said.CAPTAIN WHO RESCUED THREE STRANDED FISHERMEN SAYS HE’S NO HERO was last modified: June 20th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:John HarkinLEENAN PIERNiamh CronerescueSt Elizabethlast_img read more