CJ calls on Magistrates to live up to expectation

The Chief Justice (CJ) of The Gambia has urged Magistrates to live up to expectation in the dispensation of justice in the country.

Justice Emmanuel O. Fagbenle was speaking on Monday evening at The Gambia Institute for Judiciary Training and Research at Mile 7, where Magistrates from Banjul, Kanifing Municipality and West Coast Region are undergoing training.

Organised by the Judiciary, the training is expected to expand the Magistrates’ knowledge on the Law of Evidence Act and Criminal Procedure Code among others.

Chief Justice Fagbenle emphasised that the Magistrates must make sure that the guilty does not escape and the innocent is not punished. These, he noted, are collective responsibilities, adding that the Magistrates are expected to apply the law and come up with credible judgments.

While assuring them of regular trainings, the Chief Justice reminded them of the oath they took to apply the law of The Gambia in good faith.

He assured that his door is always open for guidance and support, while encouraging them to keep learning from much experienced ones.