By Baba Sillah
About forty-six Cadis and Scribes were last week certified after a two-day capacity building training on the use of English Language organised by the Gambia Judicial Training and Research Institute in partnership with IC Business Solutions.
The training, which was held at the Judicial Training and Research Institute at Mile 7, Bakau was aimed at improving the capacity of the Cadis and Scribes on the use of English Language in order to enhance their capacity in the effective use of the language both verbal and written so as to enable them to deliver their judgments in English rather than in Arabic.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Omar Secka, the chairman of the Cadi Appeal Court challenged his fellow colleagues to make best use of the knowledge gained out of the training, saying “the training will improve their capacity both in written and spoken which remains a challenge for the Cadis in the country.”
The participants described the training as “timely” as it will help them to deliver their judgments in English, since it is the official language of the country.
For her part, the President of the Gambia Court of Appeal and the head of the research institute, Justice Hawa Bah also spoke at length and thanked the Chief Justice for giving them the opportunity and endorsement for organising such training.
Justice Bah said the training was held at a time the judiciary is on the verge of quality justice delivery with high quality professionalism, asserting that the use of proper English will help the Cadis to deliver their judgments in English which she opined was the main obstacle for the past years.
She postulated that the training will broaden the understanding of the participants in correct use of the language and hoped that the trainees would apply the knowledge they gained.
Isatou Conateh, daughter of a Gambian veteran journalist, Suwaibou Conateh is the CEO of IC Business Solutions, she opined that the training is a life changing that will improve the capacity of the participants in the proper usage of the language.
Mrs Conateh thanked the judiciary for giving her the opportunity and looked forward to building partnership with the judiciary and thanked Nana Grey-Johnson and Vera Labor for sacrificing their time to train the participants.