CHAPTER XIII: TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS
a) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Constitution, any person duly elected to any
office provided for under this Constitution and under the laws in force immediately before the
coming into force of this Constitution shall be deemed to have been duly elected for the purpose
of this Constitution and to have assumed the position so occupied on the date of coming into
existence of this Constitution.
b) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Constitution, elections for the President, Vice–
President and members of the Legislature, prior to the coming into force of this Constitution, shall
be held on the 3rd Tuesday in January 1985. The person so elected President of Liberia shall be
inaugurated on the 12th day of April 1985. The President, Vice–President and members of the
Legislature who are elected for the first term prior to the coming into force of this Constitution,
shall serve their respective terms less approximately three months. This Constitution shall come
into force simultaneously with that inauguration.
c) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Constitution, the People’s Redemption Council
shall by decree convene a session of the newly elected Legislature before the 12 th day of April
1985, to enable the Senate and House of Representatives to organize and elect their officers.
Such elections shall be conducted in accordance with the rules and procedures laid down by the
Legislature under the suspended Constitution until changed by the new Legislature.
d) Any person who, under the laws extant immediately before the coming into force of this
Constitution, held an appointment or was acting in an office shall be deemed to have been
appointed, as far as it is consistent with the provisions of this Constitution, to hold or to act in the
equivalent office under this Constitution until appointments otherwise provided for under this
Constitution shall have been made.
a) The Constitution of the Republic of Liberia which came into force on the 26th day of July 1847,
and which was suspended on the 12th day of April 1980, is hereby abrogated. Notwithstanding
this abrogation, however, any enactment or rule of law in existence immediately before the
coming into force of this Constitution, whether derived from the abrogated Constitution or from
any other source shall, in so far as it is not inconsistent with any provision of this Constitution,
continue in force as if enacted, issued or made under the authority of this Constitution.
b) All treaties, executive and other international agreements and obligations concluded by the
Government of the People’s Redemption Council or prior governments in the name of the
Republic prior to the coming into force of this Constitution shall continue to be valid and binding
on the Republic unless abrogated or cancelled or unless otherwise inconsistent with this
c) All foreign and domestic debts or other loans and obligations contracted by the Government of
the People’s Redemption Council or Prior governments or any agency or other authority in the
name of the Republic of Liberia prior to the coming into existence of this Constitution, shall
continue to be binding on the enforceable by the Republic of Liberia.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Constitution:
a) The People’s Supreme Court of Liberia and all subordinate courts operating prior to the
effective date of this Constitution shall continue to so operate, and the Chief Justice, Associate
Justices of the People’s Supreme Court and judges of subordinate courts holding appointments in
such courts shall continue to hold such appointments after the coming into existence of this
Constitution until their successors are appointed and qualified; provided, however, that all judges
of subordinate courts shall remain and preside in their respective resident circuits pending the
reconstruction of the Supreme Court. The appointment by the President, with the consent of the
Senate, of the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court and judges of
subordinate courts, shall be made as soon as possible after the coming into force of this
Constitution. The Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the People’s Supreme Court and judges
of subordinate courts holding office prior thereto, unless reappointed, shall cease to hold office
and their function shall automatically devolve upon the newly appointed Chief Justice, Associate
Justices of the Supreme Court and judges of subordinate courts, respectively.
b) Where any legal or administrative proceeding has been commenced, or a person seeks action
by any authority or one acting under the authority of the Government, that matter may be carried
on and completed by the person or authority having power or by his successor-in-office; and it
shall not be necessary for any such proceeding to be commenced de novo. Any act completed by
any person or authority having power under the existing law shall not be made the subject of
review or commenced anew by anyone assuming the authority of that office after the coming into
force of this Constitution.
a) No executive, legislative, judicial or administrative action taken by the People’s Redemption
Council or by any persons, whether military or civilian, in the name of that Council pursuant to any
of its decrees shall be questioned in any proceedings whatsoever; and, accordingly, it shall not be
lawful for any court or other tribunal to make any order or grant any remedy or relief in respect or
any such act.
b) No court or other tribunal shall entertain any action whatsoever instituted against the
Government of Liberia, whether before or after the coming into force of this Constitution or
against any person or persons who assisted in any manner whatsoever in bringing about the
change of Government of Liberia on the 12th day of April, 1980, in respect of any act or
commission relating to or consequent upon:
(i) The overthrow of the government in power in Liberia before the establishment of the
government of the People’s Redemption Council;
(ii) The suspension of the Constitution of Liberia of July 26, 1847;
(iii) The establishment, functioning and other organs established by the People’s Redemption
(iv) The imposition of any penalties, including the death penalty, or the confiscation of any
property by or under the authority of the People’s Redemption Council under a decree made by
the Council in pursuance of but not limited to the measures undertaken by the Council to punish
persons guilty of crimes and malpractices to the detriment of the Liberian nation, the people, the
economy, or the public interest; and
(v) The establishment of this Constitution.
1. This Schedule shall form and be an integral part of this Constitution and shall have the same
force as any other provision thereof.
2. All public officials and employees, whether elected or appointed, holding office of public trust,
shall subscribe to a solemn oath or affirmation as follows:
“I, , do solemnly swear (affirm) that I will support, uphold, protect and
defend the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Liberia, bear true faith and allegiance to the
Republic, and will faithfully, conscientiously and impartially discharge the duties and functions of
the office to the best of my ability. SO HELP ME GOD.”
COMPLETED THIS 19TH DAY OF OCTOBER, A. D. 1983
IN THE CITY OF GBARNGA, BONG COUNTY, REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA
BY THE CONSTITUTIONAL ADVISORY ASSEMBLY