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Chief Justice visits court houses

Apr 23, 2015, 10:43 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

The Chief Justice of The Gambia, Ali Nawaz Chowhan, yesterday visited the Banjul Magistrates’ Court as part of a tour of courts across the country to assess efficiency in case proceedings.

The acting-principal magistrate Dawda Jallow and Pa Adama Manneh, assistant registrar at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court together with other staff of the court received the Chief Justice.

Speaking to The Point in an interview after the visit, the Chief Justice said he normally visit courts to see for himself whether cases are proceeding or not, which is what is expected of him as Gambia’s Chief Justice.

This was not his first visit to the courts, he added.

“It’s the duty of the Chief Justice to find time and go and inspect cases that are pending without proceeding, and this is exactly why I am here for,” he told The Point.

“We don’t only come to inspect the cases, but we are also here to inspect the working environment to see some of the items which are broken and may need maintenance.”

He announced that every Friday from 10 am onwards, they have an open door policy for discussion with those with complaints that come to visit them in their chambers at the high court, so as to address issues amicably without fear or favour, affection or ill will.

The Chief Justice also said a good number of drug cases are being taken to the courts for trial, and they plan to sensitize the public about the issue of drugs so people would stay away from drugs.