Office of The Chief Justice

Office of the Chief Justice


The Constitution places the Chief Justice at the head of the Judiciary. The nature of the functions of the Office includes judicial, legal, administrative and management.


1. Judicial functions

  • · Presiding in Supreme Court on hearing cases, appeals and reviews
  • · Sitting in the High Court as a Judge
  • · Presiding on High Court under Reciprocal Enforcement of Judgments Act
  • · Supervisory jurisdiction over Subordinate Courts


2. Legislative

  • · making rules and issuing orders that have the force of laws contained in the Constitution and other statutes


3. Administrative and Management

  • Formulation of administrative, management, judicial and enforcement policies;
  • Implement Policies, Strategic plans and programs
  • Mobilize, Manage and control resources
  • Management of courts, tribunals and financial matters
  • Assignment, transfer of judges and cases

Power to appoint

  • Commissioner for Oath
  • Notaries Public
  • Chairperson & Members of Industrial Tribunals
  • Coroners
  • Counsel to defend person charged with capital offence
  • Delegate Judges or other staff to assume personnel authority
  • Assign High Court Judges to sit on Court of Appeal Bench
  • Assign Judges to sit on the Supreme Court Bench
  • Schedule Supreme Court sittings

Administration of Oaths to

  • His Excellency, the President
  • Magistrates
  • Commissioners for Oaths
  • Notaries Public
  • Justices of Peace
  • Cadis and Panelists
  • Industrial Tribunal Chairman & Members
  • Corps Members of the National Youth Service Scheme

Units under the Office of the Chief Justice

The Judicial Secretary assists the Chief Justice in the implementation of Judiciary’s Vision and Mission and in doing so the following units plays an important and supportive roles.


Human Resource Unit:
Following are members of staff :

  • Judges
  • Magistrates
  • Cadis
  • Administrative
  • Secretarial
  • Registrars
  • Records Staff
  • Interpreters
  • Bailiffs
  • Process Servers
  • Drivers
  • Messengers
  • Watchmen
  • Caretakers
  • Cleaners

Administrative Unit:

  • Providing administrative support

Information and Communication Technology Unit

  • Computers maintenance and management
  • Computer Aided Transcription System
  • Network infrastructure – Intranet/Internet
  • Website management and administration
  • Database system management and administration
  • Computerized payroll system support
  • General IT support

Procurement Unit:

  • Goods
  • Services
  • Works

Estates Management Unit

  • Law Courts: Banjul, Kanifing, Bundung, Brikama, Kerewan, Mansakonko & Basse
  • Residences: Fajara, Brikama, Mansakonko, Basse

Records Management Unit

  • Financial
  • Court
  • Administrative
  • Enforcement

Transport Unit: Responsible for all Judiciary vehicles in terms of

  • Management
  • Maintenance

Protocol Unit: Providing protocol services to

  • Judges
  • Magistrates
  • Senior Management staff and
  • Guest

Accounts Unit:

  • Maintain and manage Payroll
  • Implement Budget and maintain Accounts
  • Collect Revenue (fees and fines)
  • Manage deposits made in relation to court cases

Internal Audit Unit: Inspect and Review

  • Registry processes and registers
  • Enforcement processes and books
  • Accounts, processes and procedures
  • Procurement processes and procedures
  • Verify and control Financial Transactions
  • Quality Assurance