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The Child Marriage Conundrum – Why Ban What Has Already Been Banned?

On Friday, Sierra Leone’s First Lady tweeted, “Today I convened a critical High-Level Consultative Meeting, held at the Radisson Blu Hotel to focus on the proposed Prohibition of Early Child Marriage Bill, a vital step to protect children’s rights and well-being in the country. I passionately emphasized the urgency and importance of enacting legislation to […]

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The Employment Act, 2023: A Step Forward for Workers or a Crushing Business Liability?

By GIBRIL K. THOLLEY, ESQ  The new Employment Act, 2023, which came into effect in May 2023, has far-reaching implications for businesses across Sierra Leone. The severity of those implications may be so great as to force some businesses to close. What was the legislator’s intention? Let’s explore the Act in this article. We must,

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ENFORCEMENT OF SECTION 7(1)(b) OF THE 2019 ANTI-CORRUPTION (AMENDMENT) ACT: A CRITICAL APPRAISAL

by Kemeh Kamara Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission’s legal framework has changed significantly since the 2000 Act was passed. It was revised and superseded by the 2008 Act. The latter was revised in 2019. Part VI of the Act operationalizes the prosecutorial authority vested in the Commission by the Constitution of Sierra Leone (Amendment) Act No.9, 2008.

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Ensuring Constitutional Compliance: A Proclamation Must Follow National Address for State of Emergency To Take Effect

In his national address yesterday, President Julius Maada Bio declared a National Emergency on Drug and Substance Abuse, signalling the gravity of the situation and the government’s commitment to tackling this very pressing issue. However, while the declaration highlights the urgency of the matter, it’s imperative to ensure that such measures are undertaken in strict

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Ensuring a Fair Trial: A Review of the Ikubolaje Nicol Case

The case stated by Hon. Justice Adrian Fisher J. to the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone raises crucial constitutional and procedural questions regarding the right to a fair trial, particularly in murder cases post-abolition of the death penalty. The case involves the State (1st respondent), represented by the Law Officers Department, and Ikubolaje Nicol, who

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ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ADR) IN THE SIERRA LEONE LEGAL SYSTEM

Traditionally, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has been narrowly perceived as the mere resolution of civil disputes outside the formal court system. However, its dimensions transcend this conventional understanding. Alisdair Gillespie, in ‘The English Legal System’, offers a succinct definition: “The collective term for the ways that parties can settle civil disputes, with the help of

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THE PIVOTAL ROLE OF ADR IN ADVANCING GOAL 16 OF UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS IN SIERRA LEONE

INTRODUCTION Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) represents an efficient mechanism for resolving disputes outside the conventional court system. This article examines the pivotal role of ADR, particularly in achieving the 16th United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) in Sierra Leone, a developing nation grappling with challenges to access to justice. While international laws and agreements have

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Upholding Constitutional Principles and the Rule of Law in Sierra Leone

On November 26, 2023, the Minister of Information and Civic Education issued a public notice announcing a nationwide curfew in Sierra Leone following an ‘attempted coup.’ This initial curfew announcement was adjusted on Monday, 27th November 2023, from 9 pm – 6 am daily until further notice. We commend the President for his statement in

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Wata for Wata: Unveiling Struggles and Empowerment in Sierra Leone’s Quest for Water Access

Peering into the daily lives of Freetown’s suburban residents, the struggle for water access might seem a distant concern, easily brushed aside in the busyness of our routines. Yet, if we pull back the curtain on these comfortable neighbourhoods and venture into the vulnerable and impoverished communities, we uncover a dire reality. The challenges to

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THE LEGAL IMPEDIMENTS TO ENFORCE GAMBLING CONTRACTS IN SIERRA LEONE: A COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS

INTRODUCTION Sierra Leone has witnessed a surge in gambling interest in recent times, marked by the advent of sports betting giants such as Mercury International and 1XBET Sierra Leone, coupled with the establishment of casinos. This article delves into the legal intricacies surrounding unenforceable gambling contracts in the jurisdiction, emphasizing the need for robust legislative

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