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Published On: Mon, Jan 22nd, 2024

VP Mohammed B.S Jallow Opens 2024 Legal Year 

The Vice President,  Mohammed B.S Jallow, officially inaugurated the 2024 Legal Year in a ceremony attended by key legal figures and dignitaries. Acting on behalf of President Adama Barrow, Vice President Jallow marked the occasion with a speech highlighting pivotal legislative strides and international collaborations shaping the nation’s legal landscape.

The event, graced by the Honourable Chief Justice, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Justices of the Superior Courts and Lower Courts, The Honourable Attorney General & Minister of Justice, Cabinet Ministers, Members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps, Learned Magistrates and Cadis, Seyfolu and Members of the District Tribunals, and other esteemed guests, saw Vice President Jallow outlining legislative milestones achieved in the past year. Noteworthy enactments include The Victims Reparations Act, Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act, Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act, Labour Act, and Anti-Corruption Act, addressing issues from victim reparations to anti-corruption measures.

Emphasizing the government’s commitment to accountability, regardless of location, Vice President Jallow cited the recent sentencing of Bai Lowe by a German Court. He unveiled upcoming bills, the Special Prosecutors Office Bill (SPO) and the Special Accountability Bill, alongside plans for a hybrid court to address crimes against humanity within Gambian  borders.

The Vice President also highlighted international collaborations in pursuing justice for Gambian nationals abroad, citing trials in the United States and Switzerland. Expressing gratitude for the support received, he reiterated The Gambia’s active role in the International Court of Justice, particularly in cases against Israel regarding Palestine and Myanmar for acts of genocide against the Rohingya.

In conclusion, Vice President Jallow called for unity among citizens to forge a brighter future for The Gambia.

The celebration of the legal year will extend over the next six days, featuring events such as a call to the bar ceremony, evaluation on the training of district tribunal chiefs, cybercrime and electronic evidence workshops, and training sessions for magistrates on case management in criminal cases, among others.

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