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Lawyers Protest Pay Cut

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State prosecutors’ court boycott has entered its second week as they protest salary cut and non-remittance of benefits.

The lawyers’ protest action has paralyzed trials at the country’s main court grounds- the Criminal Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia and other jurisdictions across the country.

Cllr. Adolphus Kanuah who heads the State Prosecution Association told reporters the strike will continue until the issues affecting their duties are resolved by the Ministry of Justice.

Thirty percent salary deduction and the lack of transportation and communication allowance are amongst issues the government hired lawyers claimed are affecting their work and are seeking settlement.

Prosecutors including County Attorneys were earning about $3,000 United Sates dollars between 2006 and 2017, however that amount has dropped to $1,480 according to Cllr. Kanuah.

The prosecutors also alleged the Ministry of Justice has failed to pay their license fees per the employment terms agreement with government.

Unlicensed lawyers are unfit to practice in any court in the country under the rules and regulations of the Liberia National Bar Association.


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