The President HE Adama Barrow today, 8th December, 2022 presided over the swearing-in of three judges of the Superior Courts of The Gambia. Justice Sainabou Wadda Cisse and Justice Veronic Wright will now assume duties at the Court of Appeal while Justice Aissatou Jallow-Sey will assume duties at the High Court following their swearing-in. Until her appointment, Justice Jallow-Sey served as the Judicial Secretary, Justice Wadda Cisse, a judge at the High Court and Justice Veronic Wright was a legal officer with the UN System. The three Gambian justices took the oaths of office, allegiance and secrecy administered by the Secretary to Cabinet.
The three Gambian justices took the oaths of office, allegiance and secrecy administered by the Secretary to Cabinet.
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony, HE President Adama Barrow expressed confidence in the Judiciary, noting that it remains a critical pillar in the country’s growing democracy. He also acknowledged the significant progress registered by the Judiciary under the leadership of the Chief Justice Hassan B Jallow and assured of his government’s continuous support to the Judiciary’s strategic objectives. President Barrow congratulated the newly sworn-in judges, stressing that their appointment stems from their hard work, competence and qualifications.
His Lordship, the Honorable Chief Justice Hassan B Jallow expressed gratitude to the president for recognizing the critical role of the judiciary. He added that these appointments will enhance the dispensation of justice at the Superior Courts. CJ Jallow reported that the Court of appeal now has a full complement of local judges, 6 out of 7 of whom are women.
Speaking on behalf of the newly sworn-in judges, Justice Sainaba Wadda Cisse thanked the president and the Judicial Service Commission for the confidence reposed on them. “To be appointed a judge is one of the highest calling,” she noted. “We are deeply honored to be entrusted with the enormous responsibility of upholding the rule of law and to dispense justice within the tenets of fair and equitable treatment of all persons under the law.”