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Sierra Leone Chief Justice Tejan-Jalloh officially re-opens High Court
By Augustine Samba
Sep 22, 2010, 17:20

The Honourable Chief Justice of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Haja Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh on Tuesday, 21st September 2010 officially reopened the 2010 session of the High Courts of Sierra Leone commencing with a symbolic March Past Ceremony. The ceremony which was held at the Siaka Stevens Street in front of the premises of the Law Courts Building attracted many important personalities including lawyers, judges, magistrates, the Sierra Leone Police and hundreds of onlookers as the colourful ceremony unfolded.


Amidst a crescendo of brass brand beats and breath-taking march past of personnel of the Sierra Leone Police Force, the Chief Justice, in full legal regalia and accompanied by senior police officers as escorts majestically inspected the guard of honour mounted by a detachment of the SLP also in full ceremonial regalia.


Assistant Inspector General of Police Al-Shek Kamara and other Senior Police Officers escorted the Honourable Chief Justice as she commenced the inspection


After finishing the first row, the Chief Justice is shown coming back to the Courts inspecting the final row of obedient police officers


After the ceremony, the Chief Justice conducted a court sitting in the High Court where she presided over 34 cases. The court sitting started at about 9am and ended by 1pm. The cases the Chief Justice presided over included murder, rape, larceny, armed robbery with aggravation and wounding amongst others. Few of the accused were represented by lawyers, but most do not have lawyers and all the cases were adjourned.


In the same court the Chief Justice ordered a bench warrant for all the jurors absent, while she admonished those present to be diligent, accurate and punctual in their duties as a way of achieving their goal. You should be present in this court at every sitting she warned sternly.

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