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‘The court should be apolitical’

…Justice Miatta Samba tells Parliament

February 22, 2021

By Jariatu S. Jusu

Justice Miatta Maria Samba

Proposed Supreme Court Judge, Justice Miatta Maria Samba, has told Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Appointment and the Public Service during her interview session on Friday that, she does believe that the court should be apolitical even when dealing with political matters.

Responding to questions during her interview session by committee members she said, “The court should not be political; it should be apolitical because what we look at is that of the justice system, if even we are to look at laws that relate to political parties. Our duty is to look at the laws and interpret them as it should be. So, we should not be political. I do believe that what was wrong yesterday is still wrong today, I do think the court would interfere if it is for the interpretation of our democracy.”

She said the country is a democratic state and that citizens do go to court to get a fair justice.

“The duty of the court is not to wrong or circumvent democracy. There has to be provision in the law for you to deal with certain things. We look at what Parliament says and interpret them,” she said.

Responding to question posed by the Leader of Government Business, Hon. Matthew S. Nyuma, as to whether the court should over turn the votes that were  petitioned from the 2012-2018  elections, Justice Samba said it depends on the grievances sought  by the players and the provisions of the law.

“Let’s not forget that whatever you do, you will have to go to court and apply them as they should be.”

Deputy Leader of Government Business, Hon. Bashiru Silikie, said it was no secret that Sierra Leoneans believe in the court, but that most of the time the court has failed them hence hope that her appointment will bring a change to the system within the judiciary.

Opposition Whip, Hon. Hassan  Sesay, said whenever there is a petition matter in the court, there is a tendency that some people will get aggrieved because the ruling might not be in their favour.

He said as a Supreme Court judge, when things sometimes go wrong from the bottom, people expect the court to say otherwise based on the interpretation of one thing or the other.

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