The JPs are drawn from various disciplines and vocations including the clergy, education sector and business.
Sierra Leoneans of unquestionable integrity who command the respect and confidence of the people of Sierra Leone are being promoted to protect the rights of individuals and to see to it that messages of justice, democracy, and the Rule of Law are conveyed to all.
Presenting the candidates to the president, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara said the JPs’ commissioning was one aspect of the Administration’s undertaking to deepen public involvement in the justice sector reform process, by engaging more persons, particularly at the community level.
He highlighted some of their roles and responsibilities and how they should carry out their duties with integrity.
Congratulating them, president Koroma cautioned the JPs to uphold credibility in their new office so as not to create chaos, as some others have done in the past which have brought serious complications in the country as seen in cases of fake passports.
He admonished them to be lawful and custodians of peace and not use their new office to make money and forget their credibility.
One of the appointees, Ambassador Rassie Timbo Kargbo who is also the State Chief of Protocols performed the closing courtesies on behalf of all the JPs commissioned.
She lauded the efforts of the President for such task given to them, citing that there are so many others who deserve such honour, but the president deemed it fit to endorse them, which they are appreciative of.
Among the JPs sworn in were the Mayor of Freetown, Franklyn bode Gibson, Marilena A Johnson, a retired civil servant from the Local Government Ministry; Ransford Lube-Metzger Snr of the Sierra Leone Law School; Vivian Stack Davies of Star Television; and Rev Arnold Temple, a Retired Priest, among others.