By Michael Bockarie
Access to Security and Justice Programe (ASJP) Team Leader, Charles Jakosa has entreated Legal Practitioners in the country to be fair and just in their profession.
Mr. Jakosa made the plea while making a statement at a workshop organised by the Sierra Leone Bar Association (SLBA) for the review of the Draft Criminal Procedure Bill on 5 April 2014 at the Shangri La Entertainment Complex, Lumley Beach Road.
He further advised Legal Practitioners to always seek the good interest of their clients, adding that in all criminal proceedings there is the prosecution, defence and the Bench.
In his welcome address, President of the SLBA, Elvis Kargbo Esq., noted that the old Criminal Procedures Act, 1965, had been in existence for almost fifty years now, adding the current situation warrants a change. He called on his members to do justice to the workshop.
Mr. Kargbo praised ASJP for sponsoring the initiative and promised Mr. Jakosa that they would take a second look at the draft Bill and make necessary changes for the attention of lawmakers.
Giving an overview of the workshop, Sonkita Conteh Esq., noted that the proposed Bill has solved most of problems the old Act entails, albeit there is still room for improvement in the Bill. He noted that the issue of bail in particular should not be discretional to the whims of magistrates and judges, adding that the issue of loitering predominantly affects the poor and homeless.