President Weah Nominates Associate Justice Sie-A-Nyene Youh as Chief Justice

MONROVIA – As was anticipated, President George Weah finally has nominated Associate Justice Sie-A-Nyene Gyapay Yuoh as chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia.

Justice Yuoh, 68, is the wife of  Bomi County Senator, Edwin Melvin Snowe who in recent times has openly declared his support for the CDC Weah-led administration.

In 2013, Justice Yuoh was nominated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and subsequently commissioned as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, where she has been serving under both Sirleaf and Weah administrations.
Prior to becoming  an Associate Justice on the Bench, Madam Yuoh served as vice president on the Liberia National Bar Association of Liberia and president of the Maryland local Bar where she hails from.

The designated Chief Justice will replace Justice Francis Korkpor who is set to retire on September 21, 2022.

If confirmed, Justice Youh (far left) will replace Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor (center) who will retire this September when he turns 70 years- the constitutional retirement age.

She is expected to work with his honor Chief Justice Francis Korkpor within this period until her confirmation hearing by the Senate.

Some Judicial workers have termed the nomination as biased and unjust based upon the fact Jamestta Wolokollie in the order of ascendancy, should have been next in line.

However, Yuoh, who is already 68, is expected to spend just two years as she’ll be clocking 70 which is the retirement age of the Chief Justice of Liberia.

Below is the profile of Chief Justice-designate Sie-A-Nyene Gyapay Yuoh

Her Honor Justice Sie-A-Nyene Gyapay Yuoh was born in Montserrado County, Republic of Liberia. She obtained her high school education and diploma from the St. Teresa’s Convent, a Catholic High School in Monrovia in 1974, thereafter which, she enrolled at the Cuttington University College (CUC), now Cuttington University (CU), in Suakoko, Bong County, in pursuit of her tertiary education where she graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Political Science.

Liberia’s designated Chief Justice is married to Bomi County Senator Edwin Melvin Snowe. At one point, the power couple was embroiled in an estranged relationship that led Justice Youh to file for divorce in 2020.

In 1979, Justice Yuoh enrolled at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia, where she was trained as a lawyer. In 1981, she successfully completed her law studies at this institution and obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree and was subsequently admitted into the Liberia National Bar Association as an Attorney-At-Law. Her Honor was also admitted as Counsellor-At-Law of the Supreme Court Bar in 1988.

Public & Professional Service

Associate Justice Sie-A-Nyene Gyapay Yuoh began her public and professional service within the Executive Branch, Republic of Liberia, first at the Ministry of Justice as an Assistant Minister for Legal Affairs from 1983 – 1985, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the Coordinator, African Affairs, 1988 – 1990, the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) as Corporate Secretary/Assistant Legal Counsel/Secretary, Board of Governors of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) from 2000 – 2003 and lastly at the Law Reform Commission, where she served as Acting Executive Director and Commissioner respectively from July 2011 – April 2013.

Justice Yuoh also extended her professional legal services within the private sector where she served as Associate and Legal Counsel at the David A.B. Jallah Law Firm, on Johnson Street, Monrovia Liberia, from 1994 – 2000.

In 2013, Justice Yuoh, was nominated, appointed and subsequently commissioned as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia.

Professional & Social Affiliation

Madam Justice Sie-A-Nyene G. Yuoh has proudly served as Vice President of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) from 1994 – 1998; was a founding member of the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) and served as its 1st Vice President from 1997 – 1998; Chairperson of the Judiciary Committee of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) from 2012 – 2013 and also served as President of the Maryland County Local Bar Association in 2013.

Her Honor, Justice Yuoh is married to Bomi County Senator Edwin Melvin Snowe, and she and her husband are blessed with ten children and two grandchildren.

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