By: Jerromie S. Walters

Justice In Chambers Jamesetta Wolokollie has issued a stay order on the confirmation of Cllr. Musa Dean as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia.

The stay order was issued following a Writ of Prohibition filed by the Incoming Unity Party, by and through its Chairman, Luther Tarpeh, National Secretary-General Amos Tweh, and all other officials of the Unity Party in Monrovia, against the Liberian Senate, by and through its President, Jewel Howard Taylor, and Protemp Albert T. Chie, as well as the leadership of the Senate and the nominee for the Associate Justice position, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean.

Cllr. Dean, current JUstice Minister of Liberia was recently nominated by President George Weah a few hours after Associate Justice Joseph Nagbe announced his elderly retirement due to poor health.

Recently, President George Weah received and granted a request from Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, His Honor Joseph N. Nagbe for an early retirement due to ill health.

Associate Justice Nagbe, an astute lawyer and politician, was nominated by President Weah and confirmed by the Liberia Senate in August 2018 replacing retired Associate Justice, His Honor Philip A Z Banks.

Before his ascendancy to the Bench of the Supreme Court, Associate Justice Nagbe served as senior Senator of Sinoe County at the 54th National Legislature. In his acceptance of the resignation of the venerable jurist, His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia, expressed his unfeigned thanks and appreciation for the services of Associate Nagbe. He said it was his fervent prayer that the Almighty God would grant the ailing jurist his healing powers as he is on the path of recovery.

Meanwhile, President Weah, on Tuesday, December 26, 2023, nominated Counselor Frank Musa Dean Jr., to replace Associate Justice Nagbe pending confirmation by the Liberian Senate.

In nominating Cllr. Dean to the Supreme Court Bench, the Liberian Leader said he harbored no doubt in the ability of the Attorney General to perform as expected of a high court jurist. He said Cllr. Dean has demonstrated a high degree of professionalism not just in the execution of his duties as Minister of Justice but also in earning the respect of his peers over the years as an astute lawyer.

Cllr Dean is currently the Minister of Justice and Dean of the Supreme Court These positions he has held since assuming the Office of the Minister of Justice in 2018.

Cllr. Frank Musa Dean Jr., a renowned Liberian legal luminary, joined the Bar in 1992 and has since been an outstanding member of the Supreme Bar for more than three decades. He is the founder of the renowned Law Office of Dean & Associates.