Ministry of Justice yesterday held a sod-turning ceremony for the construction of the new pademba road magistrate court adjacent to the prisons with support from the Justice Sector Development Programme. Delivering her key note address the Chief Justice of Sierra Leone Umu Tejan Jalloh maintained that the occasion was a remarkable one, as it was the very first construction of a Magistrate Court in Freetown after the Law Court building. She stated that the construction of a new Court is a dream come true as the Law Court has been over congested with a lot of security threats adding that the construction was very significant in the administration of quality justice in Sierra Leone. Chief Justice pointed out that, in recent times, the cocaine case has created a lot of inconveniences thereby causing unnecessary traffic diversion in the city. She explained that the building would house 2 Magistrate Courts, 1 JP Court and 1 Juvenile Court. She expressed profound gratitude to the justice sector development programme for funding the project. Construction of prison officers’ quarters for the officer-in-charge, second in command and junior officers’ quarters in Magburaka, Kambia, Kabala and women prison in Kenema were completed in September 2008. Prison officers’ quarters’ at Matru Jong is scheduled to be completed by March this year.
Another project underway is to erect a Magistrate Court in Clinetown and Lumley.