The Chief Justice of Liberia has officially announced the retirement of Associate Justice Philip Banks from service.
According to Article 72 (b) of the Liberia Constitution, Chief Justice, Associate Justices, and Judges of the lower Courts are to be retired at age seventy.
According to an official release from the Judiciary, Associate Justice Banks’ retirement will take effect in August this year after he shall have completed the mandate assigned him by the Supreme Court.
As Chair of the Judiciary Inquiry Commission, he is responsible to investigate complaints against Judges and Magistrates of the Judiciary.
The release noted that Justice Banks will hand down the Supreme Court opinion at the close of the March term of Court.
Justice Banks was appointed and confirmed to the Supreme Court Bench as Associate Justice in 2010.
“I will like to express heartfelt appreciation to Associate Justice Banks for his commitment, dedication and immeasurable service to the Judiciary Branch of Government in particular, and the Republic of Liberia in general; during his tenure on the Supreme Court Bench as Associate Justice.” Chief Justice Francis Korkpor remarked.
The Chief Justice also added by wishing Associate Justice Phillip A.Z. Banks III a very happy and blissful Seventy birth anniversary and pray for God continuous blessing upon his life and future endeavor.
He noted that an official program will be organized at the end of this term of court in honor of Associate Justice A.Z. Banks III.
The retirement of Associate Justice Phillip A.Z. Banks III as Associate Justice of the Honorable Supreme Court is expected to take effect August 2018 at the end of the March AD term of the Honorable Supreme Court prior to his 70th birth anniversary as provided for in the 1986 constitution.