By Alva M. Wolokolie
The plenary of the Liberian Senate has finally confirmed two of President Sirleaf’s nominees, His Honor Francis S. Korkpor as Chief Justice of the Republic of Liberia and Cllr. Sie-A-Yeaneh Youh as Associate Justice.
The two nominees’ confirmation took place in executive session yesterday following a report and recommendation from the Standing Committee on Judiciary, Claims, and Petition in the chambers of the Senate.
In the communication to plenary, the committee headed by Sinoe County Senator, Cllr. Joseph Nagbe told his colleagues that the scrutiny process that led to the confirmation of the nominees has taken place and it was therefore prudent that the Chief Justice and Associate Justice be confirmed.
Sources at the Senate told the INQUIRER that there were no objections to the nominees because according to them Cllr. Korkpor has stayed long at the highest court with lots of experience.
Cllr. Korkpor has acted as Chief Justice Ad interim for about seven months following the resignation of former Chief Justice Johnnie Lewis. Justice Lewis resigned last year due to his poor health and immediately departed the country to seek medication in the USA. It was for this reason that President Sirleaf appointed Justice Korkpor last September 2012, to act as Chief Justice Ad Interim pending the nomination of a new Chief Justice.
Now that he is confirmed, it is expected that Chief Justice Korkpor and Associate Justice Yeaneh Youh shall be commissioned by President Sirleaf to join other members of the full Bench of the court.