Justice Min. Designate Seeks To Transform Criminal Justice Sector
By Anthony Selmah
Justice Minister Designate, Cllr. F. Musa Dean has underscored the need for a massive transformation exercise to be effected within the Country’s criminal justice system.
Speaking recently when he appeared before members of the Liberian Senate for confirmation hearing , Cll r. Dean noted that the expectation of Liberians is high and reasonable, adding that after one hundred seventy years Liberians are entitled to better quality of lives as well-as better justice system.Justice Minister designate Cllr. Dean said article 54 or 56 of the 1986 constitution, gives members of the Senate the power to examine and approve nominees before occupying senior positions in government.
According to him, the justice Minister is also charged with the responsibility to render legal services to the executive branch of government.
The Liberian Justice Minister, according to law has oversight responsibility over the Liberia National police (LNP), Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), as well – as the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). He underscored the need of capacity building of these institutions.
Justice Minister Designate Cllr. Dean further stated that there is a need for the court of grand jury sitting to be extended.
The Attorney General designate added that the Ministry, through the executive branch will be submitting several legislations to the House, if confirmed.
Justice Minister Designate Cllr. Dean added that some of the legislations that the executive will be submitting for amendments would included the extension of term of court and the sitting of the grand jury.
According to him, the issue of pre trial detained is a serious issue which, if confirmed his administration is going to look into.
Cllr. Dean further added that, his administration is going to be committed in discharging his office functions professionally.