In his drive and vision to transform the judicial system in the country, the recently appointed Chief Justice, Abdulai Charm on Tuesday informed stakeholders that it is time for the Judiciary to meet its demands and mandate to enhance the justice system and promote good governance.
He said this during a two day consultative conference at Bintumani Hotel with the theme “instituting reform-improvement services to the public”, geared towards improving the judicial sector in Sierra Leone.
The conference was attended by the Attorney General and Minster of justice, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara, Sierra Leone’s legal luminaries, representatives of international organizations and a representative of Ghana’s judiciary as they converged to discuss pertinent issues on how to revitalize the judiciary to provide quality services in the dispensation of justice.
Chief Justice Abdulai Charm, in his welcome address, said the judiciary was badly affected during the civil war and since then it has been struggling with financial support from the government but despite the challenges “we have been slowly rebuilding the system with infrastructural development, enacting new laws and establishing the Legal Aid Board to provide services to the people especially those who cannot afford it”.
Justice Charm furthered that it is essential for the reformation of the judiciary to enhance an effective justice sector and issues and recommendations raise during the conference will be harmonized judiciously, emphasizing that his office will ensure justice prevail and delivered.
President Ernest Bai Koroma whose attendance was highly anticipated was absent; however he was represented by the Attorney General who delivered his statement.
In President Koroma’s statement, he throw light on the constant demand and challenges of the judiciary, stating that there has always been a requisition against the justice system not only in Sierra Leone but the world at large in the dispensation of Justice especially with rich and ordinary citizens.
Therefore, the President urged all stakeholders at the conference to make sure the less privileged and ordinary citizens get justice. He furthered that “this is why I am hearten by the theme of the conference which is ‘instituting Reform-Improvement in Services to the Public” noting that the theme reflects the judicial desire to improve on the services to the ordinary citizen.
President Koroma’s statement which echoed through the voice of the Attorney General said, “Certainly quality service delivery in the judicial system makes move on the forefront of justice dispensation,” adding that his government recognizes the reality of the challenges affecting sector plans and policies.
“The agenda for prosperity set the justice sector group to ensure the safety of the people, security of properties and access to justice through an efficient, impartial and comfortable legal system. My government recognizes the judicial reform and restructuring process which is critical for peace and prosperity and key to promote good governance,” President maintained.
Dorothy Kingsley Nyima is the current Court Manager in the Ghana Judiciary and in that capacity she explained her country’s success in the management of their judicial system.
Mrs. Nyima highlighted key factors that have enable them to succeed in the dispensation of justice in Ghana, stating that financial support, information communication technology (ICT), human resource, hierarchical organization and collaborative effort helped in the reformation of their judiciary.