Supreme Court Orders Arrest of Lawyer Augustine Sorie-Sengbe Marrah, a Choral Critic of the Judiciary

Judiciary of Sierra Leone Communications Unit, Law Courts Building, Freetown 28th October 2020: The Supreme Court of Sierra Leone has today (Wednesday) ordered the arrest of Lawyer Augustine Sorie-Sengbe Marrah for publishing contemptuous, frivolous, vexatious and unsubstantiated information on social media to demean the apex Court of the land.

This came in the wake of Monday’s Judgement against the General Legal Council represented by Lawyer Augustine Sorie-Sengbe Marrah and Osman Jalloh for Respondent/Defendant. 

The matter was presided on by Justices Allan B. Halloway JSC; Alusine S. Sesay JSC; Manjay F. Deen-Tarawally JSC; Sengu Koroma JSC; Miatta M. Samba JA. The matter, among many questions, was to determine the standing of a Barrister and Solicitor in the country or whether seniority at the Bar is determined by the date of call to the Bar or from the date of enrolment /signing of the Permanent Register.

The Presiding Judge, Hon. Justice Allan B. Halloway JSC ordered that the Bench Warrant signed by the High Court Master and Registrar, do issue to immediately arrest Lawyer Augustine Sorie-Sengbe Marrah, returnable on Friday, 30th October 2020. 

“That pending the arrest aforesaid, the said Augustine Sorie-Sengbe Marrah Esq. shall be denied access to all Courts in Sierra Leone,” the order stated, adding further that, “The ban on arresting within the precinct of any Law Courts building in Sierra Leone is hereby suspended until the arrest of the said Lawyer Augustine Sorie-Sengbe Marrah.”

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