Sierra Leone’s Chief Justice, Desmond Babatunde Edwards, in the company of the Minister of Works & Public Assets-Peter Bayuku Konteh, Senior members of the Judiciary and contractors are in the Provinces to assess the suitability of Courts ahead of the June 24th general elections.
This move, among other reasons, is part of the Judiciary’s efforts to set up independent Registries where cases are filed at the Specialised Electoral Court while regular Court sittings will be ongoing uninterrupted. It will further ensure expeditious adjudication of electoral cases through the deployment of Judges in every District.
The Judiciary will be decentralizing its operations through the deployment of Judges to Judicial District to preside over Elections related cases during the elections period already underway.
Visiting with the team from the Judiciary includes the Court Operations Manager, Mrs. Olayinka Laggah; Deputy Master and Registrar, Lansana Kotor Kamara Esq.; Facilities and Assets Officer, James Sesay; and the Public Relations Officer 2, Francis H. Murray. Also part of the team, Mr. Paul S.A Bockarie, Chief Director Ministry of Works and Public Assets and other staff of the Ministry.
Amidst glaring challenges such as poor Court infrastructures, limited number of Judges and staff, and huge funding gap, the Chief Justice has committed his administration to effective and efficient justice delivery.
“My administration is committed to timely delivery of Justice in an impartial and unbiased manner throughout the process,” Chief Justice Edwards assured.