The Judiciary of The Gambia on Monday 6th February, 2023 convened a daylong training workshop for members of District Tribunals and their Scribes. The training held at the Atlantic Hotel in Banjul brought together District Tribunal members across the country and their scribes. The training kick starts what will be a nationwide training for District Tribunal members and scribes.
The training is centered on the techniques of judgment writing, records of proceedings and the various jurisdictions of the Tribunals
In his welcome remarks, His Lordship, the Honorable Chief Justice Hassan B. Jallow welcomed the participants and assured of enhancing the capacity of the Tribunals for effective service delivery. He emphasized that the training will be decentralized to reach all members of the Tribunals across the country.
The Head of Governance at the Ministry of Lands and Regional Government David Gomez emphasized the significance of the training towards enhanced service delivery.
The District Chiefs took turns to weigh in on their challenges citing inadequate remunerations, inadequate understanding of proceedings and poor infrastructure. They called on the authorities to strengthen and emphasize their judicial authority.
Reacting to these concerns, the Honorable Chief Justice acknowledged the challenges facing the Tribunals. He assured of his resolve to work on enhancing the infrastructural challenges of the Tribunals. He hopes that a new constitution will have the chiefs under the purview of the Judiciary and will therefore be able to cater for their needs more adequately and consistently.