16th Judicial Circuit- Gbapolu County


       

GBARPOLU COUNTY

16TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA

His Honor Archimedes Z. Kizeku Resident Circuit Judge

16th Judicial Circuit Bopolu, Gbarpolu County

Jurisdiction: The 16th Judicial Circuit Court of Gbarpolu County exercises original jurisdiction over all cases as to which no other court has, including jurisdiction in Admiralty. The Circuit Court also has jurisdiction to hear appeals from administrative determinations of government agencies and officials in accordance with statutes that provide appeals and from decisions of courts-not-of-record (magisterial) made within the county in which it sits.

 

Appointment and tenure of Circuit Judges: The President shall nominate and by and with the consent of the Senate, appoint and commission the Circuit Judge of the 16th Judicial Circuit who shall be resident Judge. He/She shall hold office during good behavior.

 

Opening dates of the 16th Judicial Circuit Court: The 16th Judicial Circuit shall meet four times a year in quarterly sessions, opening their quarterly sessions on the second Monday in February, May, August, and November in each year. The quarterly sessions of this Circuit shall be entitled the February, May, August and November Terms of Court.

 

Duration of each Term: Ten days before the opening of each quarterly session, there shall be a pre-trial chamber session to be held by the circuit judge assigned to sit during the quarterly sessions which shall immediately be followed by a trial session beginning with the opening of each quarterly session and continuing for forty-two consecutive days not including Sundays and legal holidays unless sooner terminated because all business before the court is disposed of before the expiration of that period. Immediately following the close of the trial session there shall be a ten-day closing chamber session to be held by the judge assigned to sit for the quarterly session and any judge concurrently assigned to the circuit.

 

The 16th Judicial Circuit Court shall be considered always open for adjudication of matters over which it has jurisdiction and for the purpose of filing any pleading or other paper authorized by rule or statute, of issuing and returning mesne and final process and of making and directing all interlocutory motions, orders and rules. Wherever they are present within the circuit, the Circuit Judge assigned to a Circuit Court, during his assignment and the pre-trial chamber session prior thereto, concurrently with the resident judge thereof, shall have authority to act on all matters coming before the court; and if neither is available, then except for the trial of an action and any motions in connection therewith which may be made during and after such trial or any motion for an order that would dispose of the action, in whole or in part, in any manner other than the settlement of an action or claim involving an infant or judicially declared incompetent, all other matters may be heard by the presiding judge of the Circuit Court adjoining the circuit where the action is triable.

 

Except as provided in the Civil Procedure Law, jury cases shall have preference over all other cases and matters, and criminal cases shall first be heard; provided that the following capital offenses shall have preference over all cases, criminal and civil, in all courts of competent jurisdiction of Liberia, particularly the following cases:

a.         Treason                                   d.         Terrorism

b.         Armed robbery                                    e.         Murder

c.         Hi-jacking                               f.          Other capital offenses

Notwithstanding the expiration of the session at which it was commenced a trial shall continue until it is completed.

The 16th Judicial Circuit has three (3) Specialized Courts and oversees the functions a total of four (4) Magisterial Courts located across the county.

COURTS OPERATING WITHIN THE 16TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

 

COURT JUDGE LOCATION
16th Judicial Circuit Court 1.His Honor Judge Archimedes Z. Kizeku (Resident Circuit Judge)

JUDICIAL COMPLEX, BOPOLU CITY

 

SPECIALIZED COURTS

 
i.  Revenue Court

JUDICIAL COMPLEX, BOPOLU CITY

ii. Monthly & Probate Court

JUDICIAL COMPLEX, BOPOLU CITY

iii.  Debt Court

JUDICIAL COMPLEX, BOPOLU CITY

 

MAGISTERIAL COURTS

 
i. Bopolu City Magisterial Court 1.       Augustine Togbah (Stipendiary)

2.       R. Zinnah Walters (Associate)

3.       Johnson M. Harris (Associate)

JUDICIAL COMPLEX, BOPOLU CITY

ii. Gbarma City Magisterial Court 1.       Semour Dorley (Stipendiary)

2.       Urisa M. Fahnbulleh (Associate)

3.       Archie Boima Freeman (Associate)

GBARMA CITY

iii. Kumgbor City Magisterial Court 1.       Philip B. Lawson (Stipendiary)

2.       Gabriel R. Mathies (Associate)

KUMGBOR CITY

iv. Weasuah Magisterial Court 1.       J. Sam Faikai (Stipendiary)

2.       James M. Z. Coleman (Associate)

WEASUAH