27 February 2013

Gambia: Court of Appeal Orders Service On National Agency for Legal Aid

The Gambia Court of Appeal, presided over by Justice Na-Ceesay Sallah-Wadda, Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle and Justice Amie Joof, has ordered that a court order be served on the National Agency for Legal Aid. The court made this declaration yesterday, February 26th 2013, during the hearing of the criminal appeal case involving one Lamin Krubally and the State.

The appellant, Lamin Krubally was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by the Special Criminal Court in Banjul on the 25th July 2011 for the offence of rape in the month of November 2008 at Niani Banni in the Central River Region. When the case came up, the director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Lawyer S.H Barkun, told the court that there was a court order directing the Legal Aid Agency to represent the appellant.

Justice Na-Ceesay Sallah-Wadda then asked for the said court order, and after a careful perusal of the said order, the Judge observed that the said order was made since 8th November 2012. Justice Sallah-Wadda then asked the court clerk if the said order had been served on the National Agency for Legal Aid. The court clerk replied in the affirmative.

The judge then queried why no legal counsel from the National Agency for Legal Aid was in court. She pointed out that the court would not issue another order since it has already issued one previously. Justice Sallah-Wadda then ordered that the said court order be served on the National Agency for Legal Aid and the matter was adjourned to the 5th March 2013.

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