Robert Alsdorf, a retired judge from Seattle in the United States of America, is in town on a two-week visit.
In an interview with Awoko at the Freetown High Court yesterday, Mr Alsdorf said he was in town to meet with judges, magistrates, lawyers and other legal practitioners on what they believed was helpful for the country.
He added that, “the American Bar Association is interested in the justice sector reform programme”, adding that he was here as a judge to listen to people’s views about the justice sector.
The retired judge noted that when he returned he would send a report to the American Bar Association to see how they could contact international donors to find ways of helping to build those things that Sierra Leoneans wanted.
He disclosed that he had already met with some judges and magistrates, noting that “as a judge you try to resolve society’s most problems in a fair way”.
Explaining further he revealed that he started practicing law in 1973, adding further that he became a judge in 1990 and retired in 2005.
Asked if this was the first time he had been in Sierra Leone, the 62-year-old retired judge disclosed that he had lived in the country and taught World history, African history and English Language at the Korlenteh Secondary School in Kambia district from 1967 to 1969.
He stated that when he was in Sierra Leone he was named Alimamy Bangura, maintaining that he intended to visit Kambia again to meet with people and the school where he taught.
By Abibatu Kamara