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Legal Aid Board Dialogues with Council of Tribal Heads

Legal Aid Board Dialogues with Council of Tribal Heads

The Executive Director of Legal Aid Board Sierra Leone, Mrs. Claire Carton-Hanciles, has engaged Council of Tribal Heads in Sierra Leone to dialogue on security and justice issues.

The Executive Director noted that justice is not prevalent at the lower class and that most of the witnesses do not appear in court when cases are called, adding that such delay of justice has kept many innocent people in jail without trials thereby destroying their future.

The meeting witnessed the processing of the release of seven youths from different courts in Freetown held for different crimes ranging from wounding to larceny.

Five were released on an application for discharge for want of prosecution by the Legal Aid Lawyer, Cecilia Tucker, and a contract lawyer.

The seventh was released by Justice Samba on an application for a discharge for want of prosecution made by the Legal Aid Lawyer, Cherly Blake.

Tribal heads advised the seven youths from different tribes to be sober minded.

The Mende Tribal Head in the Western Area, Chief Matthew Younge, noted that lawyers do not recognise them as partners in the justice system in relation to local justice dispensation.

The chief called on the Legal Aid Board to bridge the gap between them and lawyers for the improvement of justice system in Sierra Leone.

Council of Tribal Heads commended the Legal Aid Board boss for the achievements they haves made in the last four months and pledged their total support to the work of the Board.

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