With an objective to establishing the frame work that will encourage communication, cooperation and coordination between the various justice sector agencies in Sierra Leone, through regular monitoring and evaluation of the overall performance of the criminal justice system, a hand book will be launched in Bo over the weekend to identify bottle necks in the criminal justice system.
The Coordinator of the Justice Sector Coordinating Office of the Ministry of Justice Madam Sarah Lewis said the criminal case management best practice hand book was developed primarily to identify the bottle necks within the criminal justice system in Sierra Leone which are the cause of the number of remand prisoners, thereby resulting in deprivation of justice within the system.
The hand book she explained outlines the various major phases in the criminal justice process of Sierra Leone to enhance the implementation of best practices in the delivery of justice.
This provides information to all operational practitioners in the criminal justice sector on how cases might be managed more effectively from investigation and arrest to conclusion.
It is also useful not only to police judges and lawyers but to administrative staff, to ensure that cases are dealt with in the shortest possible time in a fair and transparent manner.
As a follow up to some of the hand book recommendations, the justice sector coordinating office of the Ministry of Justice has undertaken to implement several low budget or cost effective initiative to address the problems and identify the Bo district as a suitable pilot location. The initiative which is expected to run for a 6 month period seeks to address some of the major problems within the criminal justice system in the district will be replicated nationwide.
By Solomon Rogers