His Lordship, the Honorable Chief Justice of The Gambia Hassan B Jallow on Friday 9th December 2022 presided over the presentation of three newly-sworn in Superior Courts judges to the Bar and the Bench. The three Gambian justices- Justice Sainabou Wadda Cisse, Justice Veronic Wright and Justice Aisatou Jallow-Sey earlier took the oaths of Office, Secrecy and Allegiance during their swearing in by H.E the President Adama Barrow. In his remarks at the presentation ceremony, Chief Justice Jallow congratulated the judges on their appointments, adding that the superior courts “are being enriched with the addition of three Gambian ladies who have had illustrious careers in the law spanning several decades”. He further noted that with the appointments of Justice Wadda Cisse and Justice Wright to the Court of Appeal, there is now a full complement of seven judges for the Court that would enable it function optimally and more efficiently. The Chief Justice however acknowledged that there is a dire need to get more judges for the High Court which continues to function under capacity with judges being overwhelmed with many cases. He reminded the judicial officers of the ethical principles which govern them as reflected in the code of conduct for judges.
Intensifying efforts to further deliver quality justice in The Gambia; The Chief Justice has revealed plans to issue a practice direction which will empower judges and magistrates to deal with cases within a particular time frame. He further disclosed setting up a Judiciary Prison Visiting Committee to essentially ascertain the cases of persons who are in prolonged pre-trial detentions.
In their respective votes of thanks, the newly sworn in judges expressed gratitude at their appointments while assuring of their commitment to enhance justice delivery