Magistrate to reduce caseload per day
OCTOBER 14, 2014 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Principal Magistrate of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2, Komba Kamanda, yesterday disclosed that he would soon reduce the number of cases he handles each day due to the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in especially Freetown.
A little over 900 persons have died of Ebola since May, with thousands more infected in an outbreak that has overwhelmed health authorities in the country. The number of new infections continues to soar in Freetown, which now has 648 cases, according to figures released by the Emergency Operations Centre on 12 October, topping Kailahun and Kenema districts – two previous epicenter districts.
Magistrate Kamanda told his clerk – Mohamed Bangura – to adjourn no more than 10 cases per day so as to avoid overcrowding and body contact in the tiny courtroom he sits every day of the week.
“It seems like the number of cases on Ebola is increasing further than reducing. In order to avoid direct bodily contact and overcrowding, I will have to reduce the number of cases I treat from now,” he said. “In fact I will even cut it down from 10 to five if the Ebola virus continues to spread.”
It could be recalled that Magistrate Kamanda had warned against overcrowding in his court by requesting police prosecutors to only allow complainants, accused persons and witnesses into the tiny court which hitherto teemed with relatives and friends of litigants each week day.
The new measures have significantly reduced overcrowding in the busy court.