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The Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) is pleased to inform the public through your news outlets that it has embarked on a four-month social mobilization advocacy campaign to ensure equal and unhindered justice for all persons in Liberia, especially the poor, with funding from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). A key component of this project is monitoring performance of  justice and security institutions’ actors; their investigative processes, actions and inaction particularly, magisterial courts, circuit courts, and police stations, specifically, in three (3) of the fifteen (15) counties of Liberia; namely: Lofa, Grand Gedeh and Montserrado counties.

The primary objective of this project is to enhance public knowledge of legal information, raise awareness on legal processes, and advocate for justice and security sectors reform to ensure strict compliance with basic principle of law irrespective of status. Our advocacy efforts for equal justice for all persons is linked to Pillar 3 of the Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) of the Government of Liberia and Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which deals with “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” as well as other applicable universal protocols and conventions on fundamental rights.

The primary objective of this project is to enhance public knowledge of legal information, raise awareness on legal processes, and advocate for justice and security sectors reform to ensure strict compliance with basic principle of law irrespective of status. Our advocacy efforts for equal justice for all persons is linked to Pillar 3 of the Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) of the Government of Liberia and Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which deals with “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” as well as other applicable universal protocols and conventions on fundamental rights.

To ensure effective monitoring of justice and security institutions in the three counties, IREDD has deployed 6 monitors to document and report on a weekly basis, performance of justice and security institutions actors. These reports will be consolidated and IREDD will issue monthly performance reports of these institutions for the next 4 months, beginning September 1- December 30, 2019.

Meanwhile, the performance of key actors of justice and security institutions in the following counties and areas will be monitored:

Grand Gedeh County:

  1. Zwedru Magisterial Court
  2. 7th Judicial Circuit
  3. Zwedru Central Police Station

Lofa County:

  1. Voinjama Magisterial Court
  2. 10th Judicial Circuit
  3. Voinjama Central Police Station

Montserrado County:

  1. Monrovia City Court
  2. Careysburg Magisterial Court
  3. Arlington Magisterial Court
  4. Bushrod Magisterial Court
  5. 6th Judicial Circuit, Civil Law Court
  6. 1st Judicial Circuit (Criminal Court A and B)
  7. Police Stations-Zone 1,2, 3, 4,5 & 6

Indicators to be monitors are as follow: The Magisterial and Circuit Courts’ Records:

  1. Court docket
  2. Daily bulletin
  3. Bond and bond administration
  4. Appeal process
  5. Pre-trial detainees, and length of detention without trial
  6. Number of cases on courts dockets/bulletins(Criminal and Civil)
  7. Number of City Solicitors, Prosecutors and Public Defenders assigned and are appearing in courts daily
  8. Number of cases held to finality, sentences made and those dismissed; etc.

Police Station Records:

  1. Number of arrest made (with warrant and without warrant)
  2. Pre-charge detention and length of time in police cells (48hrs or more)
  3. Protection and respect for suspects’ rights
  4. Acquaintance of Maranda rights, etc.


On this note, ladies and gentlemen of the press, IREDD wholeheartedly counts on your collaboration and support and also requests courts and police authorities to give their fullest cooperation as this effort is meant to strengthen and promote respect for the rule of law for all, irrespective of socio-economic status or class in Liberia.