July 17, 2017 By Memunatu Bangura &Yusufu S. Bangura
The Chief Justice of Sierra Leone Judiciary, Justice Abdulia Hamid Charm, has entreated newly approved High Court Judges to use integrity as key instrument in executing their duties.
The Judiciary boss made the caution statement last Friday (14 July 2017) at the Law Court building on Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown while he sworn-in ten judges that were appointed by President Koroma and approved by Parliament.
Justice Eldred Taylor-Kamara was sworn as Justice of the Appeals Court, whilst Jamestina King, Unisa Kamara, Ansumana Ivan Sesay, Colonel Ibrahim Mohamed Koroma, Tonia Barnet, Alfred A. T. Ganda, Dr. Abou Bakarr Binneh-Kamara, Mannuel A. J. Harding and Adelaide Dwazark were sworn as Justices of the High Court.
Meanwhile, Justice Glenna Thompson had been approved by parliament as Supreme Court judge, waiting to be sworn by President Koroma.
“Integrity is very paramount in your work. So, I entreat you to please have it on your minds. You should do right to all categories of persons or people,” he said.
Justice Charm said before now, it was difficult for litigants to come to the Bench but stated that such has changed completely as people with integrity have been recruited into the Judiciary.
He congratulated the Judges on their new appointments and stated that they were coming into the Judiciary at a very crucial moment when it was embarking on its reformation to restore public confidence.
“This is a crucial period not because of the 2018 elections, but because the judiciary is embarking on reformation to restore confidence in the public. Let’s work as a team and build the confidence the public have lost in the judiciary,” he added.
Justice Charm stated that people were accessing the court these days more than any other time in the history of the country.
“More people come to the court these days more than any other time. With more hands to do the work there would be no delay in dispensing justice. I’m hopeful that with the amount of Judges that have join us, the work would be lighter,” he said.
He urged the Judges to add value to the judiciary as they have taken very serious and sacred oath to do justice to all categories of persons without fear or favour, and according to the dictates of the laws of Sierra Leone.
He urged family members and well-wishers of the new Judges to help them achieve success as they most times put more pressure on them while executing their duties.
He thanked the government of Sierra Leone for allowing him to recruit more Judges to make work easier.
While presenting the ten Judges to the Chief Justice, Master and Registrar of the High Court, Stephen Yayah Mansaray, said the ceremony was a historic one in the lives of the Judges.
He congratulated them on their new career and urged them to dispense justice to everyone without fear or favour.
On behalf of the new judges, Justice Taylor-Kamara, said they were proud to be sworn as Judges and pledged their support to the Judiciary.
He said they were committed to taking up the tasks and dispense justice to all categories of people, noting that with the support of the Chief Justice, they would be able to work and take the right decisions.