Overcrowding at various correctional centers in the country is one of the biggest problems inherited by the Hon. Chief Justice, Hon. Justice Desmond Babatunda Edwards. His recent visit to the Male Correctional Centre (Pademba Road Prison) prompted the reactivation of the UNDP funded Prison Court and saw the released of several inmates without indictments including the longest servicing inmates (11 years) through habeas corpus (a writ that institutes a court proceeding to determine whether a criminal defendant has been lawfully imprisoned, or to test the constitutionality of a conviction; also used in cases of child custody and deportation.) applications filed by counsels of the Legal Aid Board.
From the 10th to the 21st June 2019, the Judiciary of Sierra Leone under the leadership of His Lordship the Hon. Justice Desmond Babatunda Edwards, Chief Justice of the Republic of Sierra Leone, will commence the Special Session of the High Court of Sierra Leone holden in Portloko, Moyamba and Sefadu. The Regular Session of the same, will commence from the 24th of June to 5th of July 2019.
All accused persons on bail, witnesses and jurors, should report at the Magistrate Court for those in Portloko, the same for Moyamba and the High Court in Kono on Monday 10th June 2019 at 9:00 am.
Photos showing overcrowding in one of the centers.
For more information, please contact: Port Loko +23230579500
Mayamba + 2327699058
Kono + 23276605292