By Alhaji Saidu Kamara……………………….
As part of the ongoing reform process within the Judiciary, seven Magistrates from Nigeria will soon join their counterparts here to work in various courts across the country.
This disclosure was made by the Chief Justice, Hon. Justice Abdulai Hamid Cham, while addressing a cross section of media practitioners shortly after the official opening ceremony of the first judicial conference on “Instituting Reform Improving Services to the Public’ held at the Bintumani Hotel at Aberdeen in Freetown.
The judicial conference which was held last week Tuesday attracted over 150 participants involving stakeholders including the Police, Prison, Judicial staff, officials of the Ministry of Social Welfare, and Civil Society groups.
The Chief Justice of Sierra Leone said besides the seven Magistrates from Nigeria, plans are on the way to recruit additional Magistrates and Judges.
He said since there is an increase in population size across the country there is an urgent need for more Magistrates and Judges adding that four new Judges have been appointed to the Court of Appeal, plus three new Magistrates.
The Chief Justice noted that if we are able to recruit enough Magistrates and Judges to send to all the judicial districts, we will have a speedy dispensation of justice.