From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Local News
In Sierra Leone, Law Courts Building Turns 100
Dec 14, 2010, 17:26

On the 15th December 1910, the foundation stone was laid to mark the birth of what is now known as the Chamber of the Chief Justice of the Sierra Leone Judiciary.

One hundred years have rolled by since the said foundation stone was laid by a representative of our British colonial masters, Field Marshal, His Royal Highness, Arthur W.P.A, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, K.C, K.T, K.P, C.C.B, C.C.S.I, C.C.MC, C.C.I.E, C.C.V.D.

According to the Master and Registrar of the Sierra Leone Judiciary, Elwyn Bailor, the court was constructed to concentrate judicial matters in one place and to ensure that the judiciary adequately plays it role as the upholder of justice in the country.

In one hundred years, there has not been much improvement to the infrastructure itself since it was built to last centuries, but there have been additions over the years with outside courts, water well, canteen and an improved library system.

The building has hosted high profile matters like the Mohamed Sorie Fornah and others, and FM Minah and others treason trials, the Waterloo and Mammy Yoko Streets murders, the State vs. Foday Sankoh and the west side boys.

To mark the 100 years anniversary, the judiciary is planning a big celebration on Wednesday 15th December 2010.

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