The national Coordinator of the Legal Assistance Center (LAC) operating in the eastern region John Sivalie has added his voice to those calling for a resident Magistrate for Kailahun.
He said the resident Magistrate in Kenema city has been presiding over matters in the District a situation he described as unfortunate.
John Sivallie further stated the non availability of a resident Magistrate in Kailahun District is one major factor creating delay in the dispensation of justice and therefore called on the government especially the Chief Justice to hastily send a resident Magistrate to Kailahun District in order to help the residents to have access to justice without hindrance.
He also stated that the government has over the years robbed the people of Kailahun off their right to justice adding that it is also an impediment to development in the District.
The LAC National Coordinator revealed that two legal luminaries previously posted to Kailahun District have refused to take up appointment in Kailahun due to the geographical location of the area and the District lacks some basic amenities that will suit the stay of the legal minded personnel in the area.
The Chairman of the Kenema District Civil Society Committee (KDCSC) Fallah Bockarie disclosed that the judicial system in Kenema is violating the rights of remand prisoners by delaying court proceedings.
Fallah Bockarie also stated that despite the abundant support being given to the country’s judicial system by the Justice Sector Coordination Office the road to accessing justice especially for people in the eastern region remains derailed and therefore called on the government to take action to correct such an unfortunate situation,