Revealed! Over 2,000 Criminal Cases Untouched


By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

The Executive Director of Campaign for Human Rights and Development Initiative (CHARDI), Abdul Fatoma has called for an urgent judicial reform in the justice sector of Sierra Leone.

He made this clarion call following the discovery that there are currently over 2,000 pending criminal cases without sufficient judges to preside over them. Such situation, Mr. Fatoma described as worrisome, citing Section 15 of the 1991 Constitution which, among other things, states that a case shall last for only three months.
He furthered that places like Port Loko, Kambia, Lungi and Masiaka have only one sitting judge for all the cases. This, he said, is a huge challenge for the judiciary. He said the lack of adequate judges is a major challenge and therefore called on the Chief Justice to increase the number.