WOMEN CHIEF JUSTICES ACROSS AFRICA
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Her Ladyship Chief Justice: The Rise of Female Leadership in the Judiciary in Africa
Chief Justice, 1997-2003
Gloria Musu-Scott was born in Monrovia, Liberia. She became Liberia’s second female Chief Justice following Cllr. Frances Johnson- Allison. She was educated at the University in Liberia where she received a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in Management in 1975. Upon her graduation, she served as a full-time employee in the Ministry of Public Works as an Administrative Assistant. She then entered Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law to obtain a bachelor’s degree in law in 1986. She worked as a Prosecutor at the Ministry of Justice, and in 1991, she was appointed as an Assistant Minister of Justice. She was appointed as the Judge for the Monthly and Probate Court in Montserrado County by the President of the Interim Government. She became a Counsellor at law of the Supreme Court Bar in 1992 and started acting as a lecturer at Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law. Due to her personal passion for legal equality for women and children deriving from the poor treatment of widows, she organized the Association of Female Lawyers and became the first President of the organization in 1994. In 1996, Cllr. Musu-Scott was appointed Minister of Justice and served as the Chairman for the Ad Hoc Elections Commission amid the ongoing civil war. Musu-Scott became a member for the Independent Elections Commission, which conducted the 1997 elections in Liberia. Following the 1997 elections and the restoration of the Constitution, Cllr. Musu- Scott was then appointed Chief Justice for the Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia, from 1997 until 2003. In 2005, Cllr. Musu-Scott became Senator for Maryland County in the General Elections. During her tenure as a Senator, she started the Women Legislative Caucus of Liberia, until the end of her term in 2012. In 2012, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appointed her Chairperson of the Constitution Review Committee due to her previous experience in legal action. Since 2012, Cllr. Musu-Scott has become adjunct faculty at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law.