Jun 16, 2011, 3:20 PM
Two new magistrates were yesterday sworn in at a ceremony held at the office of the Chief Justice.
The newly sworn in Magistrates Basiru VP Mahoney and Frederick C. Forster took the oath of office administered by the Chief Justice.
Speaking at the swearing in ceremony, the Chief Justice of The Gambia, His Lordship Abdou Karim Savage, congratulated the appointees. He said that magistrates handle 80% of cases especially the criminal cases. He said as an adjudicator you must know the law and apply it to the letter. He added that if a matter comes before them, they should do their homework and see which law is applicable to that case. Chief Justice Savage further alluded that they have no doubt on the capability of the appointees to deliver.
State Counsel Amie Jobe, on behalf of the Attorney General's Chambers thanked the new Magistrates and said the AGs Chambers will give them every support and encouragement.
For his part the Judicial Secretary, Mr Haruna Jaiteh, who chaired the ceremony, said that after looking at the CVs of the newly sworn magistrates, they were duly recommended to the position.