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Chief Justice vows to clear cases backlog

Apr 28, 2014, 9:54 AM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

Chief Justice Ali Nawaz Chowhan has vowed to clear the backlog of cases, and would be monitoring progress keenly every month.

The chief justice was speaking at the in-service training workshop for the magistrates and cadis, organized by the judiciary and held at the Banjul high court on Friday.

He said there is need for the training course, after visiting courts in all the regions of the country.

The purpose of the in-service workshop was to enable the magistrates and cadis refresh their knowledge of the law.

Also to develop their skills in the areas of case management, professionalism and judgment writing, to improve the quality of their adjudicatory skills, and the issues involved are properly addressed with reference to both law and facts, according to Justice Chowhan.

“Public confidence in court enhances when justice appears floating in every adjudicatory exercise, rather in every gesture of the presiding officer in the court house”.

He added that “justice in accordance with law was possible when the magistrates and cadis keep educating themselves without a break, and keep the law up their sleeves, ready to be used when the moment arrives”.

He added: “We shall be holding more workshops in the future…we will assess the gains arising out of this workshop to formulate future programmes.

A participant, Abubacarr Jammeh, a senior cadi at Kerewan court in the North Bank Region, described the training workshop as “very vital”.