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Three UTG graduates appointed magistrates

Mar 17, 2011, 12:39 PM | Article By: Sainey M.K. Marenah

Sources at the Judiciary had revealed to The Point the appointment of three Gambians who graduated from the University of the Gambia School of Law as 1st Class Magistrates, with effect from 15th March 2011.

Our sources added that the appointees are Landing Sanneh, Lamin Mbaye Senior, and Momodou S.M. Jallow, who all graduated in December 2010 from the faculty of Law at the University of The Gambia.

Many have described the move as a step in the right direction, saying that this first home-grown law graduates to have been appointed as magistrates, in the history of the Judiciary.

The appointees were also the first batch of law students from the University of the Gambia, since the program started some couple of years back.

When contacted for confirmation of the trio’s appointment, the Judicial Secretary at the Office of the Chief Justice, John Belford, confirmed the appointment, but declined to comment further.

This reporter approached one of the newly-appointed magistrates, Lamin Mbaye, who said, “I’m honoured and privileged to accept the position of a magistrate, and I will do everything in my power to uphold the law and the peace that exists in the Gambia.”

1st Class Magistrate Mbaye said he was grateful to President Yahya Jammeh, Chief Justice Agim, and his family members for the support they have rendered to him during his stint at the University of the Gambia.