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"Access to Justice is Important to Everyone"----British Envoy

1 August 2006 at 20:34 | 397 views

By Alpha R. Jalloh,Vanguard Freetown Bureau Chief.

The new British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Miss Sarah MacIntosh has visited Moyamba south of Sierra Leone .

The British High Commission in the capital Freetown states in an official statement that during the visit - her first to the provinces - she attended the opening of a new office supporting the Justice Sector Reform. She also met with traditional rulers.

The new Justice Sector Development Program (JSDP) office in Moyamba is a pilot project, which, if successful, will be expanded to other provinces. Already the office has helped the people of Moyamba. It has established a new circuit court to hear cases in rural communities, improved conditions in the Magistrates Court building and started a literacy programme for prisoners.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Sarah MacIntosh(photo) said:

"Access to justice is important to everyone - in Moyamba, in Sierra Leone, across the world. People need justice and protection by the law to live their lives, and business needs it to support investment. That is why the UK government is providing support to the Justice Development Programme and why I am delighted to be here today. I wish this project every success."

Sarah MacIntosh joined the Foreign & Commonwealth office in 1991. Her experience includes overseas postings to the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (2004-2005), the UK Mission to the UN at New York (2000-2002), the British Embassy to Madrid (1996-1997) and the UK Mission to the UN at Vienna (1994-1995). The UK provides £25m, over five years, to support the Justice Sector Development Programme (JSDP).