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PS highlights challenges at Justice Ministry

August 22, 2019

By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

The Permanent Secretary (PS) at the Ministry of Justice, Judith Jones, has highlighted challenges faced by her ministry, which she said have hampered the smooth running of the ministry.

The PS yesterday told the Justice Biobele Abraham Georgewill Commission of Inquiry that, the ministry is grappling with inadequate budgetary allocation, insufficient offices for staff, old and damping building, and low electricity supply caused by old cables.

She told the commission that she started working at the ministry as PS in 2017 and that her responsibilities includes, preparing quarterly and annual reports for the ministry and submitting  the said report to the Chief Minister, serving as secretary to the president and Head of civil servant.

She said the Attorney General and Minister of Justice is the constitutional Head of the ministry assisted by the deputy and the Principal Solicitor, who doubles as adviser to the minister.

She said the ministry also supervises other agencies including the Law Reform Commission, the Legal Aid Board, the Sierra Leone Law School, the Human Rights Commission, the Administrative and Registrar General’s Office and the Justice Sector Coordinating Office.

She further stated that the Justice Sector Coordinating Office is responsible to securing funding for the justice sector, and that it is jointly supervised by the Office of the Vice President and the Attorney General.

She identified a list containing names of vehicles and motor bikes that were prepared by the Transport Officer and Assistant Accountant, Mohamed T. Kamara in 2017, which she approved.

She said the list contained total of forty seven vehicles and eleven motor bikes, noting that they had assigned twelve of the said vehicles and three motor bikes to the Special Court facility, adding that those vehicles and motor bikes assigned to the facility were currently not in good condition.