By Jane B. Mansaray………………………….
Justice Komba Kamanda of the Freetown High Court yesterday dismissed Dr. Sylvia Blyden’s lawyer’s application that the plaintiff should not represent himself in court in a private land dispute involving Lawyer Mohamed Pa Momo Fofana as Plaintiff and Dr. Sylvia Blyden as one of the defendants.
It will be recalled that the defendants’ lead counsel, Lawyer Yada Williams in September 2016 made an application that the plaintiff in the matter should not represent himself as a counsel in the matter, and that the seller of the said land should join the defense team.
This application was objected to by the plaintiff lawyer, Mohamed Pa Momo Fofana on the grounds that the woman in question must not be used against him as she serves as a principal witness in the matter, since she was the one that sold the land to him.
He said filling a defense and counter claim must be done before instituting any action on the land in question.
In his ruling yesterday on the applications, Justice Komba Kamanda said that considering both arguments and pursuant to the High Court Rule Order in 2007, both applications made by the defense counsel were dismissed.
This according to Justice Kamanda could be seen from Order-15 Sub rule 2,3 of the criminal practice white book 1992 at Page 2007.
He went on that there is no law stopping counsel from appearing in the matter for which he is the plaintiff.
Dr. Sylvia Blyden and two others are standing trial at the High Court over a land dispute at Peninsular Road in Freetown.