This year, the judiciary will be holding its annual ceremony marking the opening of the Legal Year on Sunday, 6th February 2022. The annual event is a time when the judiciary takes stock and reflects on the challenges and the way forward in ensuring the dispensation of quality justice.
The activities marking the legal year will commence on Sunday with a ceremony at the law courts complex on Independence Drive, Banjul under the leadership of Chief Justice Hassan Jallow.
The legal year will be opened by President Adama Barrow and there will be speeches by the chief justice, the attorney general and the president of The Gambia Bar Association. The occasion will be graced by numerous dignitaries including the vice president, speaker of the National Assembly, cabinet ministers, and members of the diplomatic corps.
There will be a series of activities from 7 to 11 of February to commemorate the occasion. These include a call to bar ceremony for graduates of The Gambia Law School on Monday, a meeting of the chief justice, minister of justice, and minister of regional government and lands with the president of the district tribunals and regional governors.
This will be followed by a two-day training session for judges and magistrates on sentencing guidelines; a meeting of the sentencing council and a one-day conference on women, children and the law which is designed to discuss the challenges that women and children face in contact with the justice system.
It is expected that the conditions will contribute to bridging groups in the law, improving the machinery of justice, strengthening the capacity of justice sector staff, and building links of the cooperation with stakeholders in the justice process.