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Construction of courts underway

Construction of courts underway

The Judiciary of Sierra Leone under the leadership of Justice Umu Tejan Jalloh has embarked on the construction and renovation of many judicial courts across the country. (Photo: Kenema High Court building)

According to the Master and Register of the High Court of Sierra Leone, Elwyn Bailor, a task was given to the judiciary under the Justice Sector Development Programme to ensure that the people of this country have access to justice.

Part of that programme is to build more courts to decongest the main court building.

Mr. Bailor went on to say that one of the courts under construction is located at Pademba Road in Freetown which will have two magistrate courts, two JP courts, one juvenile court and legal aide fertility.

The Master and Registrar further disclosed that the Pademba Road construction is being sponsored by the JSDP which is also constructing another court, a two-storey building at Ross Road to serve the eastern part of Freetown.

The Ross Road court, he said, will contain three magistrate courts, three JP courts and one juvenile court, adding that there will be commercial court at the old CID building which will be dealing with business cases and this is sponsored by the UNDP.

Mr. Bailor also disclosed plans to renovate the courts in Makeni, Moyamba, Kono and Kenema.

There will also be a judicial and legal training institute to train judges, magistrates, police prosecutors, state counsels, paralegal staff and administrators working in the court, he said.

The training which will be a continuous process is sponsored by GTZ, Mr. Bailor concluded.

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