Lawyers Applauds VP Jalloh Statement @ SLBA AGM

18. 07. 06
posted by: Alimatu Fofanah

Lawyers present at the 2018 Annual Conference of the Sierra Leone Bar Association (SLBA) applauded statement made by  the Hon. Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh on behalf of His Excellency Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio about government effort in reforming the Judiciary System of Sierra Leone at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Aberdeen, Freetown on Thursday July 5th 2018.

Deputizing His Excellency Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio,at the all important ceremony,  the Principal Assistant, Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, catalogued the several challenges confronting the delivery of justice in the country.

The Hon. Vice President mentioned capacity deficit, lack of adequate resources and most importantly, the politicization of the justice system over the years.

He underscored government’s commitment to support the delivering of justice and strengthening of the Rule of Law.

Speaking on the Theme of the AGM,  he emphasized the need for an Alternative Dispute Resolution in the discharged of justice in the country.

He reaffirmed the value that Alternative Dispute Resolution will add to the dispensation of justice through arbitration; adding that Lawyers have a very significant role to play in that process.

He admonished the Bar to build a strategic partnership with the government of sierra Leone and work together to improve justice delivery in the country.

He called on the Sierra Leone Bar Association to demonstrate professionalism and remain focused in their endeavour to support justice delivery in Sierra Leone

This statement was widely applauded by Lawyers at the ceremony.

In her maiden statement earlier as Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Dr. Priscillia Schwartz commended the Bar Association for staging such a remarkable meeting with an attractive theme and applauded the outgoing executive of the Association on its achievements.

The theme, she said, is timely and was in line with government’s efforts in ensuring that every Sierra Leonean has fair access to justice.

She spoke about Cap 25 which she said has become unqualified and that government is working on the bill as it is currently in the House of Parliament for repeal.

Dr. Schwartz called on the Bar to include in their deliberations, international arbitration, international conventions and look at their framework and see how best it can fit into the country’s judicial system. She went on to encourage the Bar to also look at the role of bilateral and multilateral treaties , ways of assisting the government in the area of arbitration, law reforms, and other legal issues they may want to  achieve.

The President of the Bar Association, Rhado Sufuan Kargbo Esq, outlined some of the achievements they gained during her two years term in office.

She said during her regime, her executive was able to collaborate with the Judiciary in the area of justice, issues affecting the profession, non timely delivery of judgment etc.

The outgoing President went on to state that as President of the Bar, her administration embarked on some projects and donated office equipments to the Treasury Judiciary Unit and the Ross Road Court. She furthered that they also accorded scholarships to six of their colleagues and in their flagship programme, they were able to secure and fence an acre of land given to them by the Government of Sierra Leone. Proceeds for securing the land and fencing, she said, were contributions from members of the Bar and Mercury International.

She called on the President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Julius Maada Bio through the Vice President, to always be in constant consultations with the Bar on matters relating to the Judiciary.

Deputizing the Chief Justice of Sierra Leone, Justice Abdulai Charm, Justice Sengu Koroma in his statement gave a thorough insight to the theme of the Conference.

The Chairman of the ceremony Francis Gabbidon Esq in his statement described the Alternative Dispute Resolution as a range of mechanisms that are available for resolving civil disputes without going to court.

Historically, Lawyer Gabbidon said civil litigation has been very expensive, time consuming, adversarial in nature and is disproportionate to the value of the claims and that at times it is not helpful.