Judge Says Lack Of Pre-detention Centers Impedes Justice

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(LINA) – The Magistrate of the 10th Judicial Circuit Court in Voinjama, Lofa County has observed that the lack of logistics and pre-detention centers are serious challenges facing the judicial sector in the county.

Mr. Foday A. Konneh also named the lack of vehicles, insufficient Magisterial Courts and inadequate staff as other major challenges impeding the work of the Court.

Magistrate Konneh made the statement when he proxy for Resident Judge Nancy Finda Sammy at programs marking “Post-Ebola Homecoming Visit” by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai at the court in Voinjama recently.

He said while some progress has been made in improving the justice system, the eight Magisterial Courts operating in the county, with the exception of Quadou Gboni, cannot cater to the growing number of cases from across the county.

Konneh appealed to government to construct pre-detention centers to ease the over-crowdedness of prisons and to provide additional logistical support to the judicial sector of the county to make its work more efficient.

He told Vice President Boakai that it is only with the help of UNMIL that the Court is able to transport convicts and pre-trail detainees to Voinjama, noting that if these challenges are not addressed urgently before the drawdown of UNMIL, the court will face more constraints in carrying out its task.

In response, Vice President Boakai thanked the courts’ authorities for the progress made so far in the justice system of the county, describing it as a big boost for government.

The Vice President assured that the government will strive to address some of the challenges in the soonest possible time.