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25.07.2004 Diaspora News

Justice Brobbey determined to succeed in Gambia

By GNA
Justice Brobbey determined to  succeed in Gambia

Kairiba (The Gambia), July 25, GNA - Mr Justice Alan Stephen Brobbey, Chief Justice-designate of The Gambia has said he was determined to make the necessary judicial reforms, in collaboration with the relevant stakeholders, to make the delivery of justice more efficacious, attractive and beneficial to both citizens and investors.

Mr Justice Brobbey, who would assume office next week, told journalists in an interview in the Kairiba Municipality of The Gambia, that one of his priorities was to introduce the Fast Track and automation of the courts system to speed up the delivery of justice. "I believe sincerely that the Fast Track system is a better way of making justice delivery more expeditious," he added.

He was one of the judges, who were trained in the United States to set up Fast Track Courts in Ghana.

Mr Justice Brobbey said he would also give premium attention to alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and training to improve professionalism in the Judicial Service.

He stressed that he would work in concert with fellow judges, the Bar, academicians, Parliament and other stakeholders for conservatives to appreciate that change was a necessary means for improvement, saying only limited development could be achieved without change.

Mr Justice Brobbey said he held fruitful meetings with the Attorney-General, Acting Chief Justice, Judicial Secretary and other officials of the Judicial Service, and there were strong indications that he would get a high level of cooperation to make things work better.

"Our legal systems are both based on the Common Law System," he noted. My impression so far is that The Gambians appear to be very friendly and warm people. They love Ghanaians and I believe we can work successfully as a team."

He was also introduced to President Yahya Jammeh and Vice President Isatou Njie Saidy, during his three-day familiarisation visit to The Gambia.

Mr Justice Brobbey is the first Ghanaian Chief Justice to be appointed for The Gambia. However, Mr Justice Fred Lartey, who served in The Gambia as an Appeals Court Judge, acted as the Chief Justice for a while.

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