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In Sierra Leone, As President Ernest Koroma appoints yet another two female Judges, Kono Chiefs at Chief Justice’s Chambers
By Dr. Sylvia O. Blyden (Female Publisher)
Dec 6, 2011, 17:18

Since he became President on September 17, 2007, it is a fact that President Ernest Koroma’s penchant for empowering women has seen the top hierarchy of the Sierra Leone Judiciary dominated by women he has been decisively and systematically appointing into the Appeals Court and Supreme Court. Within just four months as President, he elevated Hon. Umu-Hawa Tejan Jalloh to act as the first female Chief Justice of the Republic of Sierra Leone.

Following this, President Koroma elevated Hon. Salamatu Koroma and Hon. Shainieh Bash-Taqi to join Hon. Virginia Wright at the Supreme Court making the highest court in the land, strongly dominated by women. There is only one male, Hon. Patrick Hamilton, sitting as a substantive Supreme Court Judge amongst four women.

Similarly, under President Koroma’s leadership, the Appeals Court has gotten dominated with honourable women like Vivian Solomon, Adeliza Showers and Naomi Tunis (now retired) all elevated by President Koroma in this his first term.

Yesterday, two more women joined the Superior Court of Judicature having been appointed by President Koroma and approved by Parliament. The first is Hon. Adelaide Dworzak and the other is an indigene of Kono District, Hon. Finda Nyawo Matturi-Jones.

They were sworn in by Chief Justice Tejan-Jalloh in the presence of a contingent of Kono Paramount Chiefs who swarmed the Law Courts Chambers of the Chief Justice in a show of solidarity for their Kono sister.

The Kono Chiefs, in Freetown for another purpose connected with Hon. Vice President Sam-Sumana, stated approval of their Kono sister to be so elevated.

See below  for more details.

Two New Female Judges Sworn into High Court & Appeals Court

By Aruna Turay

The Honourable Chief Justice of Sierra Leone Justice Umu Hawa Tejan Jalloh yesterday December 5, 2011 sworn in Honourable Justice Nyawo Finda Matturi Jones as Justice of the Court of Appeals and Honourable Justice Adelaide Dworzak as a Judge of the High Court of Sierra Leone. The ceremony was graced by Judges and family members of the two new Judges as well as Paramount Chiefs from Kono who were there on behalf of Hon. Matturi-Jones.

Addressing the Judges in her Law Court Office during the ceremony, the Honourable Chief Justice Haja Umu Hawa Tejan Jalloh welcomed them to their new offices. She assured her audience that she has no doubt on the integrity of the two women, especially in the execution of their duties.

Hon. Justice Nyawo Finda Matturi Jones of Appeals Court taking Oath

Chief Justice Tejan Jalloh revealed that she had known the two women for quite a while now, adding that she has the fullest confidence in them that they will contribute immensely in rebuilding the good image of the court. She however reminded them about the importance of their offices and cited from religious scripture of the Holy Bible to help them in the execution of justice.

“I call on you to make use of verses drawn from the scriptures which have been very useful to me throughout my legal practice to date. They are from Deuteronomy 16: 18-20; “Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the Lord your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly, do not pervert justice or show partiality, do not accept bribe, for bribe blinds the eyes of the wise, and twists the words of the righteous, follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the Lord your God is giving you,” Chief Justice Tejan Jalloh stressed. 

Hon. Justice Adelaide Dworzak of the High Court taking Oath

On behalf of the two Judges, the Honourable Justice Nyawo Finda Matturi Jones expressed thanks and appreciation to the Almighty God and all who made their new appointments possible. She thanked their supporting staff for what she described as their very supportive contributions towards the official dispensations of their duties.

She also used the forum to assure the Chief Justice and her distinguished audience that they will do all in their capacity to execute their duties and also to ensure the promotion of justice in the country.

Hon. Justice Adelaide Dworzak of the High Court and Hon. Justice Nyawo Finda Matturi Jones of Appeals Court Signing after their Oaths of Office

Chief Justice presenting Warrant to Hon. Justice Nyawo Finda Matturi Jones of Appeals Court

Chief Justice presenting Warrant to Hon. Justice Adelaide Dworzak of the High Court

Hon. Chief Justice flanked by the new Judges, Paramount Chiefs and Senior Court Staff

Cross Section of the Kono Paramount Chiefs at the Occasion

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