February 29, 2016 By Victoria Saffa
Some 23 Magistrates from across the country Friday, 26 February, concluded a two-day judicial orientation training at the Judicial and Legal Training Institute in Freetown.
The training, which was supported by Access to Security Justice Programme (ASJP), dealt with issues such as bail and sentencing, sexual offences, domestic violence, jurisdiction of Magistrates’ Courts, civil procedures and judicial ethics.
Addressing the Magistrates on the opening day, Chief Justice Abdulai Hamid Cham said the judiciary organised the workshop for the purpose of enhancing capacity of officials as they continue to forge ahead with reforms, restructuring and access to justice programme.
Hon. Justice Cham expressed optimism that the training would adequately address issues of capacity and processing channels in the justice sector, adding that more training programmes have been earmarked for judicial officers.
The Chief Justice also expressed the Judiciary’s appreciation of support it had received from ASJP and promised to press ahead with reforms and capacity building.
Suprme Court Justices Nicholas Browne-Marke, Vivian Solomon and Eku Roberts, and Acting Director of Public Prosecution, Mr. Sulaiman Bah, were the tutors.