Land, Sexual Related Cases Dominate Nimba Trial Docket

first_imgJudge Roland Dahn gives his May Term of Court opening charges.Judge Roland F. Dahn disclosesCllr Roland F. Dahn, the newly assigned Resident Judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court in Nimba County, said there are over 250 cases dominating the trial docket. The cases, he said include land, sexual and drug related cases, as well as some civil matters that are pending adjudication in the March Term of court.Judge Dahn made the disclosure recently at the opening of the May Term of Court, held at the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court in Sanniquellie. He said there are 201 civil cases, and 78 criminal cases.He further explained that among the 201 civil cases, 73 involved real estate or land related cases, while the others involved contracts, divorce, and debts.Judge Dahn then warned that the issue of real estate cases must not be overemphasized, because it is increasing on a daily basis.He said on the criminal docket, sexual-related cases dominate, followed by murder, manslaughter, and aggravated assaults, and drug-related cases,”Judge Dahn called for more attention to the drug laws, and the growing use of illicit drugs, something he said was damaging many of the youth. He meanwhile called on the security apparatuses, to double the fight against drugs abuse, which involves the illegal use of narcotic substances.“Those bringing the harmful substances into the country have spoiled our children, while they built fabulous homes from money they made from the sale of illegal drugs. Therefore, we need to stand strong,” he said.Few years ago, A Nigerian was arrested in Ganta with some consignment of cocaine hidden in his African slippers. He subsequently charged and sent to the Sanniquellie Magisterial Court for preliminary hearing, was placed under bond, but his kinsmen took him to Monrovia without being tried.Challenges:Judge Dahn has also outlined challenges facing the court, beginning with speedy trial as the failure of party litigants to make a follow up in the court lead to overcrowding of trial docket.He said the court believes in first come first served basis, but victims and those who brought their case to court are not showing up to serve as witness for the prosecution to do it work.He said that some of the criminal cases date years back, where the accused are in jail without being tried, while the complaints or the victims’ family sit at home without perusing the case to help the prosecuting team.Judge Dahn: “How will those cases be removed from the trial docket, if the party litigants refused to show up for hearing.”Dahn took over from Judge Emery Paye as the new Resident Judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court on February 12, 2019. Paye has being retired at age 70.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea boost: Brazilian star signs contract extension

first_img Ramires Chelsea and Jose Mourinho have received a boost ahead of a potentially critical period, with Ramires signing a contract extension until June 2019.The Brazil midfielder, who was linked with Juventus during the summer, has committed his future to the Blues, who are enduring a challenging season in defence of their Premier League title. Chelsea announced the deal on Thursday evening.Mourinho, who in August signed a four-year contract committing himself to Stamford Bridge until June 2019, was subject to the first vote of confidence of Roman Abramovich’s 12-year ownership on October 5.Since then, Chelsea have won one of their four matches – against a free-falling Aston Villa; the latest defeat was on penalties to Stoke in Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup tie – while Mourinho has faced disciplinary action from the Football Association.The 52-year-old Portuguese had until 6pm on Thursday to respond to a misconduct charge following his half-time touchline dismissal at West Ham last Saturday.Mourinho is already appealing a separate £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban for comments made after the October 3 loss to Southampton, a result which prompted the vote of confidence.It is not expected either case will be heard before Saturday’s match with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.Ramires is likely to start against Liverpool, with his energy key in midfield for the Blues.The 28-year-old joined from Benfica on a four-year deal in 2010 and has won every major club honour since switching to Stamford Bridge.Ramires, who has already made 241 appearances for the Blues, said on chelseafc.com: “I am very happy to sign a new contract with Chelsea.“My family and I are very happy here in London and in the past five years the club has lifted every major trophy.“I hope to be an important part of many more successes in the next four years.” 1last_img read more