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November 4, 2013 (BOR) – A Supreme county court, headed by a paramount chief, has been officially opened in Bor, the Jonglei state capital.

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Bor county paramoung chief Alier Aluong, on the day he was elected (ST/File photo)

Alier Aloung, the county paramount chief, said the facility was now set to best handle all appeal cases arising from the area.

“We arranged everything necessary [for] our function on 29 September. We began with the first case on this day and passed a verdict at noon”, Aluong told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

The court currently comprises of seven people, including the secretary and five other chiefs, all appointed by the county court head.

The institution, Aluong further said, would handle cases related to marriage, cow theft, disputes among people, in addition to others.

“The state president of the high court has now given us powers to try all the cases related to our customary laws, starting from boma levels, via payams [districts], till they reach us in the county court here”, he said.

For any case to appear before the village sub-chief, the complainant has to part with 50 South Sudanese Pounds [$11], added the paramount chief.

He further said anyone unsatisfied with the ruling of a village sub-chief could still open a case before the village chief upon payment of 100 SSP [about $40].

“The payam [district] court would also require the complainer to 150 SSP and final the county court would demand 200 SSP”, Aluong remarked.

A certain percentage of this money goes to the county account and we use the rest of the money to sustain the courts, he added.

At least 30 SSP, according to the head chief, would be collected from each head of cattle, adding that money collected would help the court compensate aggrieved parties in marriage-related cases.

“For instance, in case of divorce, the family of the husband has to be paid the balance of their cattle after deducting five heads of cattle for each child born during the marriage period”, he said.

A wife, in accordance to the Dinka customary laws, has no right to own her children.

"If she decides to divorce the husband for any reasons, the children will go to the latter after paying fives heads of each of these children", Aluong said.

“The husband can take his child [children] after the age of two years and above from their mother”, he added.

(ST)

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  • 5 November 2013 07:54, by Agutthon

    For this customary court to gain legitimacy certain things need to happen namely; its judges must not be elected like what happened this year. the judges must not do the work of executive like relief distribution and sanitation projects. There work must be judicial but not anything else. Otherwise before all this happen, this court is a quack.

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    • 5 November 2013 10:51, by Tong dut

      corrupted dinkas court for money only,Yau yau is on the way to you.

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  • 5 November 2013 07:57, by Agutthon

    Addition, the concept of "paramount chief" is a dead thing, colonial and is a poverty of new ideas

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  • 5 November 2013 08:22, by Paul Chadrack

    I doubt whether this chief can see well.

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    • 5 November 2013 09:25, by Mayom County Boy

      ARE TO BE TAKEN TO COURT ?
      I THINK MURLES ARE THE MOST PEOPLE WHO CAN FACE TRIAL
      PLUS SOME SPLA OFFICER !!

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      • 5 November 2013 11:59, by EES Kingmaker

        The fear is that court verdicts may be influenced by bribes and political interferences__dark side of active justice system in Third world local, national and reigional courts.

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    • 5 November 2013 19:19, by Peacocktail

      Paul Chadarck,
      your concept of seeing Well to be a judge doesn;t hold water, Listen is most valued in court then seeing. a blind man can be a judge but a deaf can not; The Chief is elected by his people to take care of people..
      I love that community for being front runner in South Sudan maintainence of justice... Keep it up Chief and invite chiefs from Unity state,Lake state and Warrap to learn

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      • 5 November 2013 21:25, by EES Kingmaker

        Peacocktail
        The Chief deserves words of thanks. But this does not mean the front-runner are free mistakes and blunders he or some of his members may commit. What Chadrack wanted to explain is the abbility of those chiefs to manage the courts given tthe current complexities in rural settings.

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        • 5 November 2013 21:29, by EES Kingmaker

          Peacocktail
          The Chief deserves words of thanks and appreciation. But this does not mean the front-runners are free from mistakes and blunders he or some of his members may commit. What Chadrack wanted to explain is the abbility of those chiefs to manage the courts given tthe current complexities in rural settings.
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