The Justice Sector Coordination Office (JSCO) of the Ministry of Justice is hosting a training workshop for justice sector institutions in Bombali District, regarding matters related to improving on the handling of Juveniles in the District, from 4th to 6th September 2008 at the Fatima Hall, Makeni Town.
The objective of the workshop is to enhance justice service delivery, by improving on the level of communication, coordination and cooperation between justice sector institutions in Sierra Leone.
The need for accessible and effective means of addressing conflicts, disputes and crimes is a key element in peace-building in Sierra Leone. Therefore, one of the goals of the Government of Sierra Leone Justice Sector Reform Strategy and Investment Plan (JSRSIP) 2008-2010 is access to justice.
A related target to be achieved by 2010 is ‘reduced proportion of juveniles handled inappropriately in the formal justice system’. In line with this target, the Justice Sector Technical Working Group (TWG), comprising representatives of all the institutions in the sector have identified weak communication, coordination andcooperation between key players in the handling of juveniles by the justice system in Makeni, as an urgent issue to be addressed.
This workshop is organised as part of the ensuing pilot activity, known as the Makeni Chain-Link, coordinated by the Justice Sector Coordination Office (JSCO).Numbering more than sixty five, the participants in the workshop are drawn from diverse stakeholders across the Northern Province. These include the five magistrates and 10 Justices of the Peace in each of the Province’s five Districts, the High Court Judge in Makeni, Magistrate Court Clerks; and representatives from the Family Support Unit, the Sierra Leone Police, Civil Society and Children’s Forum Network. “At the end of the three-day training, key partners in the justice system in Bombali District, will become more capable of relating well with each other and better informed on the significance of working together in the handling of juveniles”, said Mr. Unisa Conteh, Director of Planning in the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs, who is also the leader of the Target Working Group tasked with ensuring appropriate procedures and handling facilities for juveniles in Sierra Leone.