A former Ad Hoc Chief Justice of Liberia, Justice Yussif D. Kaba has been sworn in as a Judge of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice by the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS.

He was sworn in on the margins of the 52nd Ordinary session of the Summit of the Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS held on 16th December 2017 in Abuja.

Justice Kaba, who served as the head of the country’s Judiciary during the National Transitional Government following the 2003 Liberian Peace Talks in Accra, has extensive experience in the judiciary and ministry of justice. He will complete the tenure of Justice Micah Wilkins-Wright, former Vice President of the Court.

Prior to the appointment, he served in various capacities including Resident Circuit Judge of the country’s 6th Judicial Circuit, Acting Court Administrator (2005-2006), Acting Probate Judge, Relieving Judge and member of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry  to investigate complaints against Judges.

He was also Assistant Minister for Litigation, Assistant Minister for Administration and Public Safety and served as Legal Counsel in the Law Offices of Tulay and Associates.

The new judge was at the Court on Monday, 18th December 2017 during which he was introduced to Honorable Justice Friday Chijioke Nwoke,  a former Vice President of the Court by the Director of Administration and Finance, Mr William Towah.

The Director also introduced him to other officials including the Chief Registrar, Mr Tony Anene-Maidoh who briefed him on the structure of the Court, its basic texts, mandate and upcoming activities including a planned workshop to harmonise the basic texts and a revised draft rules of arbitration of the Court.

The Chief Registrar also briefed the judge on the forthcoming international conference being planned by the Court in Mali for March 2018 and promised to avail him of the relevant documents to facilitate his work.