Chief Justice heeds President’s call -High Court Criminal Sessions commence next Monday By Ibrahim T

The Judiciary of Sierra Leone has announced that the May Criminal Sessions of the High Court will commence on Monday May 18, 2020 in Freetown, Bo, Makeni and Kenema respectively.

The decision came as a result of an appealed made by President Julius Maada Bio that the Chief Justice should consider appropriate measures to adjudicate the cases that will emerge from the recent wide spread insecurity in the country.

In a public notice dated May 11, 2020 and signed by the Chief Justice, Desmond Babatunde Edwards, limited number of cases will be allocated at any specified time during the sessions so as to stem the spread of the virus.

It could be recalled that following the confirmation of a COVID-19 case at the Male Correctional Center on Pademba Road in Freetown few weeks ago, the judiciary suspends court sittings across the country for a month, alongside other stringent measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

This medium has learned that over 50 people, who were allegedly behind the Tombo fracas, will stand trial for various criminal offences.

The notice also stated that the Special Criminal Sessions, which hitherto should have commenced on May 8, 2020 and later postponed to May 28, 2020 has been abandoned and/or cancelled.

According to the notice, all other protocols including, social distancing, wearing of face masks and number of persons permitted into the courts remain in full force.

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