By Justice Bankole Thompson
The doctrine of common jurisdiction has developed all through glossy instances within the context of world legal justice as a paramount agent of fighting impunity emanating from foreign criminal activity. Sierra Leone, as a member of the foreign group and the United countries, has, lately, been a pioneer within the innovative software and improvement of foreign felony legislations within the African area. regardless of this function, the country’s profile, either when it comes to the incorporation and alertness of the doctrine of common jurisdiction, is poor in numerous significant respects falling some distance in need of its twin foreign legal responsibility to not supply secure havens from justice for perpetrators of overseas crimes and to strive against impunity from such criminogenic acts. for this reason, a compelling explanation for the writer to write down this booklet used to be to supply a seminal scholarly paintings at the topic articulating the prevailing nation of the legislations in Sierra Leone and highlighting the deficiencies within the legislations and components inhibiting the workout of common jurisdiction during this UN member nation. It used to be additionally to suggest valuable great and procedural legislations reforms within the state’s jurisprudence at the subject.
The publication is usually recommended examining for practitioners and students in foreign felony legislation and comparable disciplines. Its accessibility is extremely more advantageous via proper tables and summaries of every bankruptcy.
Justice Rosolu J.B. Thompson is Professor Emeritus of legal Justice stories, japanese Kentucky college, united states. He used to be a member of and Presiding pass judgement on in Trial Chamber I of the unique courtroom for Sierra Leone.
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1 Criminal Jurisdiction: Brief History Consensus exists among scholars of Sierra Leone’s legal history and constitutional law that the history of the administration of justice in the country can be traced back to its English antecedents, dating from the foundation of the settlement in 1787 by English philanthropists. Since that time, adjudication and judicial resolution of public disorders and private disputes have been conducted in accordance with the principles of English law, both common law and statutory.
Each and every political or military leader, and even every corporate and media tycoon who joins the killing cartels, is on notice of the actual and potential reach of atrocity law. They are learning that policy-making and military strategizing cannot proceed in a vacuum from legal consequences and the world is watching intently every day. 6 Conclusion The relationship between international law and municipal law has always been, and continues to be, a subject of intense controversy in the context of the global regulation and conduct of human affairs from both the perspectives of interstate 37 Werle 2009, p.
Since that time, adjudication and judicial resolution of public disorders and private disputes have been conducted in accordance with the principles of English law, both common law and statutory. The first Chief Justice, Mr. Charles Stoddart, was appointed in 1788, and when Freetown was granted municipal status, the governor and councillors were declared the criminal court judges of the colony. Trial by jury, a core element of the adversarial system of justice began during those early years of the settlement.
Universal Jurisdiction: The Sierra Leone Profile by Justice Bankole Thompson