State Lawyers To Take Appeal In Criminal Cases

Liberia’s Solicitor General, Cllr. Betty Lamin-Blamo says the Ministry of Justice has disclosed that State lawyers will begin taking appeals in criminal cases as affirmed by the 1986 Constitution of Liberia.

According to Article 20 (b) of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia every party has right to appeal in all judgments, while Section 24.3 of the Criminal Procedural Law (CPL), prevents the State from taking appeal in criminal cases, except the dismissal of indictment and if judgment of acquitter is granted.

Cllr. Blamo who noted that the section of the Criminal Procedural Law is violation of the Constitution of 1986 spoke at the close of a week long training workshop for State lawyers and urged prosecutors to put into practice knowledge gained during the training in order to provide justice to all.

The decision as disclosed by the Ministry of Justice came following series of consultations with judicial actors in the country. The week long Training Workshop under the theme “A More Accountable, Ethical, Effective, and Professional Service” brought together County Attorneys and other Government Prosecutors from around the country was held at the Samuel K. Sports Complex in Paynesville outside Monrovia.

The Liberian Solicitor General challenged State lawyers to focus more on professional, accountable, effective and ethical behaviors in the services they provide to the state. She assured the prosecutors of creating a stronger prosecution service that will provide better services to nation and its inhabitants.

The workshop which is used as a regular refresher for government prosecutors and allow them to share their experience over the past term of court as they prepared for the next Term of court discussed several topics among which were legal Brief writing, Legal Ethic, Indictment writing, Case Management and Court Room.

Facilitators at the training included, Cllr. Betty Lamin-Blamo, Solicitor General, Justices Philip A. Z. Banks, Ja’Neh and former Solicitor General Cllr. Wrights and Gould taught on Legal Ethics and the Overview of recent Supreme Court Opinions.

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