The Newly constituted Sierra Leone Legal Aid Board has made presentation on its operations to members of parliament. The board was established by the Legal Aid Act in May 2012 to administer, coordinate and monitor the provision of legal aid in civil and criminal matters.
As a result of the huge number of inmates at the sierra Leone Correctional facilities, the Board presently focuses on inmates including accused persons on remand, those serving sentences that may want appeal. To achieve its objective, the board will establish regional offices in all the headquarter owns with lawyers to attend magistrate and High court matters and paralegal to five chiefdoms.
The engagement according to the Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Legal Aid Board, Clarian Carlton-Hanciles is to ensure that the Government provides funding for the realization of the objectives of the Board, and educate constituents and Chiefs to make use of the paralegals for matters pertaining to their chiefdoms
In another engagement, the parliamentary oversight committee on foreign Affairs has held a meeting with the consular corps in Sierra Leone. The Chairman of the Committee Hon. Augustine Tortu says parliament is gratified by the support of the consular corps towards the Ebola crisis in the country