On today’s date 7th October, 2019 the Hon. Chief Justice of the Republic of Sierra Leone Hon. Justice Desmond Babatunde Edwards at his Siaka Steven Street chambers, Law Court Building received Hon. Justice Constant Kwaku Hometowu and Hon. Justice Divine Kwaku Ahiadu from the Judiciary of Ghana to discuss matter relating to the establishment of formidable West Africa branch of the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association (CMJA).
Speaking to the Hon. Chief Justice and judges of the superior court of judicature, Hon Justice Constant K. Hometowu who also double as Vice President of the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association said, they came to Sierra Leone based on the discussions the Hon. Chief Justice of Sierra Leone had with the Ghanaian Judges and Magistrates at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, during the recently held Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association conference.
Commenting on the subject of the visit, Hon Justice Constant K. Hometowu said, the principal reason for the visit is to build a formidable West Africa branch of the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association, a forum that seeks to bind the sister countries and institutions together and to discuss judicial cooperation with Ghana. He said CMJA seeks to ensure the effective application of the rule of law and judicial participation in members countries particularly in countries were judges were removed without observing the due process of the law referencing the Nigeria Chief Justice that was removed as case study. He noted that a draft constitution constituting elections, tenure of office etc. has been prepared for West Africa and it will be distributed to member states for it to be finalized. He appealed on the Hon. Chief Justice to appoint a judge that will serve as a focal person on the formation of the West Africa branch.
On judicial cooperation between and among member countries is among the key principles of the CMJA and that they will like to replica in the sub region noting that, the relations between the Sierra Leone Judiciary and the Judiciary of Ghana will strengthen the exchange of best practices that will enhance effective judicial systems not only with the two sister countries but among regional Anglophone countries as well.
The Hon. Chief Justice of Sierra Leone, Justice Desmond Babatunde Edwards welcomed the judges from the Judiciary of Ghana and appreciated the commitment of her ladyship the Hon. Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana Hon. Georgina Theodore Wood for her commitment in ensuring the formation of the West Africa branch of Commonwealth of Magistrates and Judges Association and to further strengthen the relationship between the two sister institutions. Chief Justice Edwards assured of his cooperation as and when needed and agreed to assign a focal person to the committee.