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Major boost for judiciary’s virtual court system

Justice Desmond Babatunde Edwards (r) receiving the items from a UNDP representative  

The Chief Justice of Sierra Leone, Justice Desmond Babatunde Edwards, on Monday, 8th February, received a consignment of computers from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a donation towards efforts to equip the judiciary’s communication system.

The consignment entails 15 Hewlett Packard desktops and 15 computers. They also include LaserJet Pro MFP printers and i5 intel HP laptops.

A news dispatch from the judiciary’s communications unit indicates that the items were specifically donated as part of efforts to improve the court’s virtual communication system to enhance effective service delivery.

The UNDP team was led by Kadi Jumu-Peters, Leader, Governance Cluster. Also part of the delegation was Walter Neba, Project Manager, Rule of Law; Cheryl Sembie, Senior Rule of Law and Human Rights Officer; Ali B. Sesay, Senior Rule of Law and Human Rights Officer; and Sulaiman Jalloh, a Communications Assistant.

While officially handing over the items, Madam Jumu-Peters noted that the UNDP was pleased to support the judiciary at all times to aid them to facilitate their work. She commended the Chief Justice and his team for the massive reforms undertaken at the judiciary.  Walter Neba, while explaining the purpose of the support, said it was part of their unwavering support to the judiciary to maximize the performance of the virtual court system and make it effective and efficient.

He noted that the establishment of the Sexual Offences Model Court was very critical in addressing the high rate of sexual-related offences and therefore UNDP saw the need to support the court towards ensuring this.

Receiving the items on behalf of the judiciary, Chief Justice Edwards said they came at a time they were highly needed to enhance quality service delivery.

“I am graciously grateful to your leadership and therefore want you to know that we cherish the donation which will go a long way to adding value to the work the judiciary is doing,” Mr Edwards told the UNDP delegation.

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