three-day training seminar for judges and lawyers of The Gambia on Practice,
Procedure, Status, Composition, Jurisdiction and Jurisprudence of the Community
Court of Justice, ECOWAS Wednesday got underway at Kairaba Beach Hotel.
The seminar organised by the ECOWAS Court will also avail participants the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the human rights mandate, general procedure before the ECOWAS Court, measures of inquiry, review of judgment and Amicus Curia briefs as well as relationship with national jurisdictions of the organisation.
Discussions will also touch on community civil service, ECOWAS Community Law, issues of revision of decisions, rectification in judgments, interpretation of judgments, procedure for enforcement of Court’s judgments, sanctions for non-implementation, factors militating against the actualisation of the purpose of establishment of the Court as well as problem of access to the Court and implementation of its decisions.
In his welcoming remarks, Justice Keikura Bangura, said the seminar is meant to clear doubts or suspicions member states have been having on the status of the ECOWAS Court and therefore urged participants to ask questions as well as participate fully to ensure their doubts are cleared at the end of the training.
Mr. D. Binga, in his goodwill message on behalf of the attorney general and minister of Justice of The Gambia expressed the state’s appreciation of ECOWAS Court efforts which he said will bring enlightenment to the community especially victims who are crying and do not know how to get to the ECOWAS Court.
Salieu Taal, President of The Gambia Bar Association in his statement commended ECOWAS Court for building the capacities of Gambia’s legal and judicial stakeholders to be able to represent clients’ interest in the ECOWAS Court.
He pointed out that The Gambia is no stranger to the ECOWAS Court, adding that the Court is important to The Gambia particularly now that we are transiting to democracy with human rights taking a place in our societies. He therefore thanked the organisers for the initiative.
Hon. Justice Gibou Janneh in his opening address on behalf of Chief Justice of The Gambia, observed that participants will be interested in conclusions reached in cases of the Court that emanated from The Gambia, saying; “it will do us good if those delivering papers during the training touch of cases of the late Deyda Hydara and Chief Ebrima Manneh to show the relevance of the cases.”
He added that there is need to clarify the relationship of the ECOWAS Court and our national courts as well as how the relationship can better function to the advantage of the state and ECOWAS Court.