His Honor, Justice Francis S. Korkpor, Sr., was born in a little village called Zao, Lao Clan, lower Nimba County, in the Republic of Liberia. Due to the fact that there was no school in his home village, Justice Korkpor began his formative years of education in a nearby village called Kpain where he was sent to live with an aunt.
Justice Korkpor then gained admission, as a boarding student, to the St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sanniquellie City where he completed his elementary, junior and senior high school education.
In 1972, Justice Francis S. Korkpor, Sr, enrolled at the University of Liberia in pursuit of higher education where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Sociology in 1976. Upon graduation from university, Justice Korkpor was employed with the Ministry of Justice in the Criminal Rehabilitation Division as a Research Coordinator from where he was granted a scholarship by the US Government to study Criminal Justice at the N. C. Justice Academy at Salemburg, North Carolina, USA, after a year on the job.
Justice Francis S. Korkpor, Sr. returned home in 1978 and subsequently enrolled at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia where he obtained his LLB Degree in 1982.
PUBLIC & PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Mr. Justice Francis S. Korkpor, Sr. began his public and professional services at the Ministry of Justice, Republic of Liberia, where he was first recruited as a Research Coordinator immediately upon obtaining his BA degree from the University of Liberia. His service at the Ministry of Justice, also witness his rise to leadership positions within the government of Liberia specifically serving as Assistant Minister for Economic Affairs, Assistant Minister for Legal Affairs, and then Deputy Minister for Legal Affairs.
Due to the civil war in Liberia, like many other Liberians, Justice Korkpor left the country in 1990. He however returned in 1991 and went into private law practice. He established the Tiala Law Associates, Inc., and for about 13 consecutive years, served as its Managing Director. Notable amongst the clients he worked for was the Catholic Church in Liberia and its affiliate institutions. He was also a member of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, a human rights organization and for many years, served as its Chairman of the Board of Directors.
In 2004, during the reign of the National Transitional Government of Liberia, then Counsellor Francis S. Korkpor, Sr. was appointed to the Supreme Court of Liberia as Associate Justice for the period of two years, a position to which he was nominated and subsequently reappointed by Her Excellency, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf upon assuming Presidency of the Country in 2006.
On April 18, 2013, His Honor Francis S. Korkpor, Sr. was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, a position he currently occupies.
Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor Sr. has Judicial oversight over:
Montserrado County is the home of the 1st Judicial Circuit Criminal Assizes Courts “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” and “E”. Montserrado County is also the home of nine (8) Specialized Courts and ten (10) Magisterial Courts located across the county. Readmore….
Nimba County is the home of the 8th Judicial Circuit which sits on criminal, civil and probate matters and is housed in the building constructed by the County Administration in Sanniquellie City. The 8th Judicial Circuit has one (1) specialized court and oversees the functions of a total of seventeen (17) magisterial courts located across the county. Readmore….