The above is the Campaign for Human Rights and Development International (CHRDI) calling for an overhaul of Sierra Leone’s Judiciary; and immediate action to be taken by government to ensure that the long list of delayed matters before the courts are addressed with the speed, seriousness and fairness it deserves.
CHRDI in a press release issued recently stated that it is aware that many Sierra Leoneans are frustrated and concerned that some matters before the courts have taken more than five years without any judgment given.
A case in point is the 50th Anniversary corruption case for which no judgment has been given by the Judge for almost 7 years now.
Moreover, many land cases are still pending in the court without any judgment handed down while some litigants have died during the course of their case and while waiting judgment.
CHRDI adds that the delays in cases before the courts have largely been attributed to the inefficiency of some judges who are way past retirement age, coupled with a shortage of judges and that this has increased the work load of the few working judges left.