Supreme Court session ends

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Supreme Court of The Gambia has ended its session with a historic pacesetting record of adjudicating forty-one (41) cases after a break of over two years.

In a recent sitting held from the 15 May to 9 June 2017 with cases filed by the Gambia Press Union and two others against the Attorney General and the case of Ousainou Darboe and 19 others inclusive.

The session was presided over by the Hon. Chief Justice Hassan B. Jallow and four other Justices like Justice Abubacarr Datti Yahaya, Justice Nicholas Colin Browne-Marke, Justice Cherno Sulayman Jallow and Justice Mary Mam Yassin Sey.

Meanwhile, four Justices of the Court of Appeal were co-opted during the session.

Twenty-eight cases were disposed of and thirteen cases were adjourned to next session.

During the session, the Supreme Court heard six criminal appeals and three were disposed of and one was reserved for judgment whilst two appeals were adjourned to next session.

Furthermore, three election petitions before the Supreme Court challenging the result of the 2016 presidential election brought by the former president Yahya Jammeh, the APRC and Yankuba Colley and others were dismissed upon an application for withdrawal by the petitioners’ counsel.

Twenty-six civil appeals were heard and eight were disposed of, ten were reserved for judgment for next session and two were adjourned to next session.

Three civil suits were heard during the session, two are pending appeals and one was reserved for judgment till next session of the court.

Two civil review cases were fully argued during the session and reserved for judgment till the next Supreme Court session.

The case filed by the Gambia Press Union and two others against the Attorney General was adjourned to next session while the case of Ousainou Darboe and 19 others was reserved for judgment.

Author: Bruce Asemota
Source: Picture: Chief Justice Hassan B Jallow