The Chief Justice of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Justice Abdulai Amin Charm yesterday launched the Judiciary’s five year strategic plan at the High Court No.1, Law Court Building on Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown, with support from UKAID through the Access to Security and Justice Program (ASJP).
Giving a highlight of the strategic plan, Justice Desmond Edwards said that the plan is all about integrity and values in the Judiciary.
Among the values priority he highlighted are the issues of transparency and accountability, fair and accessible Justice for all, effective and sufficient case Management system and proper fast track commercial courts system.
All these factors highlighted including judicial training are a right and ought to be known and practicalized with a proper records system accountable to all.
Justice John Bosco Allieu, one of the panelists mentioned the challenges face by Judges in the provinces which he said are the same even in the capital city of the country.
He welcomed the strategic plan set out in the interest of judicial independence and justice and noted that the dispensation of justice has been a great thing in the past and one of the effects is the delay in court sittings and the presence of counsels.
He commended the Chief Justice and team for the initiative and ensured that these challenges will be addressed in the new Criminal Procedure Act.
According to Lawyer Jenkins Johnston, the burden of the public perception is in place as the court most times ignores the constitutional provision in passing judgment in a matter within three months in the interest of avoiding delay in justice.
The Director of Budget in the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Mathew Dingie commended the judiciary for such a laudable strategic plan.
He encouraged the judiciary to continue the engagement meetings with the Ministry.
In his statement, the Chief Justice said the development of the strategic plan is in place and assured that it will be fully implemented under his watchful eyes. The ceremony was graced by senior members of the Bar and Bench and senior staff members of the Ministry of Justice.