Six judges – four Appellate and two High Court Judges – yesterday took the oath of office, administered by Master and Registrar of the High Court of Sierra Leone, Steven Yayah Mansaray.
The new judges of the superior court of judicature are Justice Alan Hallowell, Justice Musu Damba Kamara, Justice John Bosco Allieu and Justice Mohamed Sengu Koroma – all to Appeals Court – while Justice Ami Juliet Wright and Abdul Raman Mansaray are in the High Court of Sierra Leone.
Speaking at the swearing in ceremony at the High Court Room 1 in Freetown, Mansaray Esq., said the new Chief Justice envisions that the judiciary moves in the right direction, adding such would be achieved by the promotion and appointment of judges.
He said manpower was relevant in the actualisation of that goal, thus the decision to elevate the four judges to the appellate court and appoint two new judges whom the head of judiciary believes would make the difference.
In his address to the Judges, Chief Justice Abdulai Charm congratulated the judges on their promotion, adding that he was surprised that the judges, especially those promoted to the Appeal Court, were elevated because over the years they have demonstrated good leadership in administering justice to the public.
He said the appointment of the two new High Court Judges was not a mistake because they were properly appointed and that they were joining the Bench at the time when the citizenry has lost hope in the judiciary.
He said he trust that the judges can restore hope in the people that the judiciary administers justice fairly and impartially without fear or favour.
The Chief Justice also called on the Bar to give necessary support to the newly appointed judges.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Justice Alan Hallowell said they were very grateful for their appointment and promised that they would discharge their duties without fear of favour.