Carter Center Hailed For Access To Justice

Margibi County Superintendent Jerry Varnie has commended the Carter Center for complementing government’s efforts in the promotion of citizen’s access to justice in Liberia.
Supt. Varnie said ensuring that every citizen has access to justice will enhance the peace and tranquility which the country needs for its growth and development.
He made the statement over the weekend in Kakata at the close of a two-day capacity-building workshop for traditional women leaders conducted by the Carter Center under its Access to Justice Program with funding from the USAID.Supt. Varnie said to ensure the sustenance of peace, “it is very important for citizens to have total access to justice when they are aggrieved.”
He then called on the participants to use the knowledge acquired from the training to go and serve as ambassadors of peace and justice in their respective communities.
Speaking earlier, the Carter Center Chief of Project of the Access to Justice Program, Johnny Ndebe, said the Center’s Access to Justice Program is intended to create an enabling environment where every citizen, especially those who have no means to have total access to
Justice, can be entitled to equal justice before the law.
Ndebe said the access to justice program has also strengthened the capacities of local and traditional leaders across the country to know how to dispense or adjudicate cases brought before them in their respective localities where there is no court so that they can ably handle them peacefully.
Participants at the two-day Carter Center workshop on Access to Justice were drawn from Montserrado and Margibi Counties.
The workshop was conducted under the theme: “Strengthening the Capacity of Traditional Leaders to Advance and Implement Good Governance and Community Justice Practices.”
Topic discussed during the workshop included: the Constitution of Liberia; an Overview of Fundamental Rights, Domestic Relations Laws of Liberia; Marriage and Inheritance; Conflict Resolution Best Practices; and the Civil and Criminal Procedure Law of Liberia.

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