President George Manneh Weah has nominated Sinoe County Senator, Cllr. Joseph Nagbe as the successor of retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, Philip A.Z Banks.
The nomination which is subject to confirmation by the Liberian Senate was made on Wednesday in Monrovia.
Justice Banks was recently retired by the Supreme Court of Liberia aftereight years of service.
According to Article 72(b) of the 1986 Constitution of the Republic of Liberia provides that, “the Chief Justice and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court and judges of subordinate courts of record shall be retired at the age of 70; provided, however, that a justice or judge who has attained that age may continue in office for as long as may be necessary to enable him to render judgment or perform any other judicial duty in regard to proceedings entertained by him before he attained that age.”
Justice Banks was commissioned on Friday, September 2, 2011 by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to serve on the Bench of the Supreme Court after serving as Justice Minister and Chairman of the Law Reform Commission.
If Senator Nagbe is confirmed by the Liberian Senate, there would be a by-election in Sinoe County, meaning he will resign as Senator.
Senator Nagbe is the current Co-chair on the Senate’s Committee on Judiciary second to Cllr. Senator Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County who chairs the committee.
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