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Supporting Our Judiciary

Supporting Our Judiciary

No matter what we can say about our judiciary, the truth remains that there is a robust approach in seeing that justice is not only done but is seen to be done, unlike the past days of Mr. Ahmad Tejan-Kabbah.

Where there was a lackadaisical approach, there is now  a fast forward approach, where there was corruption and hidden agenda, a transparent openness now operates, and where the courts were clogged with cases, a streamlined system has ensured under Chief Justice Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh.

To right thinking Sierra Leoneans, the present set up of the judiciary is remarkable and ought to be commended. Where there had been inexperience, we now have the services of experienced judges like Justice Tolla Thompson and Justice Ademusu.

Sierra Leone has, it seems no place for good works or accomplishments. It is a system that has, to a large extent contributed to the present backwardness of the country.

Everyday initiatives are seen in the judiciary. A bail system has been documented and the Industrial court, once a moribund system is now operating. Corrupt magistrates and judges have been laid off and even placed in police cells, a situation which never occurred in the history of the Sierra Leone judiciary.

Somewhere somehow, a cabal of ill conceived individuals apparently stopped from all their nefarious acts are trying to undermine the good works of the Chief Justice for reasons based more on personal pursuits rather than protecting the state.

In the style of the Sierra Leone society, some hold on to the belief that there is no good in the judiciary. Granted, this is manifested sometimes by the acts of clerks and other corrupt prone officials, but this does not in any way establish any aorta of inefficiency on the Chief Justice and her Judiciary.

The job of being the Chief Justice carries great responsibilities, which for the general public is not known, and the need for a wealth of experience is no where more needed than in a court of law.

Give The Judiciary breathing space. Please.

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