Bong to Get More Access to Justice

-House approves magisterial area within Totota, Salala

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An Act seeking to create a Magisterial Area (including the establishment of a Magisterial Court) within Totota, Salala District, Bong County has been approved by the House of Representatives and forwarded to the Senate for concurrence.

The Act was unanimously passed on Thursday, April 6, as a result of a recommendation from the Joint Committee on Judiciary, Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning and Internal Affairs.

“Having scrutinized this Act in Committee room, Hon. Speaker and distinguished colleagues, administering justice has been and continues to be a concern to national peace and stability, passing into law an Act that will establish procedures for the people of Bong County will be a boost to our justice system,” the Joint Committee, chaired by Rep. Worlea Saywah Dunah said.

Bong County District #6 Representatives, Adam Bill Corneh, who sponsored the bill, said the long distance between Totota and the current magisterial area is posing serious challenge to access to justice; especially the lives and properties of residents which he noted are in danger due to the lack of administration of justice.

Speaking over the weekend from his Capitol Building office, he stressed that the new magisterial area would lead to the establishment of a court, will be a relief for people who had to travel more than 37 miles to get legal help.  This, he said, would strengthen peace, make access to justice and promote human rights.

He added that it would encourage citizens to live in harmony with each other and also help to reduce crime.

“Between 43,000 to 45,000 inhabitants reside in the area and it is a well-defined territory,” said Rep. Corneh.

He pledged support to the people of Bong County to ensure that more developments happen in the county.

Meanwhile, upon the concurrence of the Senate, a stipendiary magistrate and two associate magistrates as well as other officers will be appointed and their salaries provided through an annual budgetary appropriation.

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