By Baba Sillah
The Chief Justice of The Gambia has challenged the eight newly appointed judges of the superior courts to execute their mandates and discharge their responsibilities without fear or favour.
Speaking at the introductory ceremony held at the High Court in Banjul yesterday, Hassan Jallow welcomed the new judges on their appointment saying it was based on demonstrated experience, merit, integrity and wisdom.
He said support will be given to them at all times to enable them discharge their duties and responsibilities in order to achieve quality dispensation of justice which is the ultimate goal of the judiciary. He challenged them to make sure that the judiciary does not become a centre of frustration by avoiding a backlog of cases. He also stressed the need for cooperation between the bar and the bench.
Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abuboucarr Tambadou noted that the appointment of the new judges “clearly demonstrates the government’s willingness to make the judiciary more indigenous” and that his ministry will continue to encourage qualified Gambians to serve..
Justice Awa Bah, President of the Court of Appeal, delivered a statement on behalf of her colleagues while Rachel Y Mendy made a remark on behalf of the Bar Association. The new judges are: Justice Awa Bah, President of Court of Appeal; Justices Haddy Cecilia Roche, Basiru VP Mahoney and Kumba Sillah-Camara to the Court of Appeal; Justices Zainab Jawara-Alami, Sainabou Wadda-Cisse, Buba Jawo and Ebrima Jaiteh as high court judges.