President Adama Barrow has appointed and sworn-in six new Gambian judges, including a female justice who becomes the first Gambian woman appointed as President of Court of Appeal.
“The appointment of Justice Awa Bah marks the first time that a woman has been appointed as President of the Court of Appeal,” the State House said in a press release about the swearing in of the new judges which was presided over by the Gambian leader himself yesterday.
According to the press release, half the number of new judges sworn-in are women, and that the appointments reflect President Barrow’s commitment to promote gender equality in decision-making positions.
The new judges are: Honourable Justice Awa Bah as President of the Court of Appeal, and Justice Haddy Cecillia Roche, Justice Basiru Vassili Portier Mahoney, and Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara, as Justices of the Court of Appeal. Justice Buba Jawo and Justice Ebrima Jaiteh were sworn-in as Justices of the High Court.
The President said that appointments of qualified legal experts would ensure that in future, the entire Gambian judicial system would be efficiently and professionally managed by qualified Gambians.