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Superintendent Wants Magisterial Court Relocated
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Superintendent Wants Magisterial Court Relocated

By Ballah M. Kollie, Bong County Correspondent

GBARNGA, Feb 12 (LINA) – Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson-Mappy has called for the relocation of a magisterial court that is to be constructed in Billitanda to Gbonota in Sanoyea District where she said the court is most needed.

Superintendent Polson-Mappy wondered whether a needs assessment was conducted before the selection of the town (Billitanda) for the construction of the court, noting that the court is “most needed in Gbonota due to its distance from Sanoyea and Billitanda.”

She noted that the absence of security personnel in Gbonota coupled with its distance from the district seat are conditions that clearly speak of the need to construct a magisterial court in the area.

“This we must do in order to dispense justice to residents in Gbonota and its surrounding towns and villages,” she emphasized.

At the same time, the Bong County Superintendent has stressed the need for the county’s Resident Circuit Judge; J. Boima Kontoe to periodically visit the prison compound in order to keep track of the tenure of prisoners at the center.

She called for an “alternative dispute resolution” mechanism such as the involvement of local leaders for peaceful or out of court settlement, to ensure that minor cases do not cause people to languish in detention for prolonged periods.

“As it was in the past, instead of overcrowding the dockets of courts in the county, let’s forward some of our small, small cases to the local leaders for settlement,” suggested Superintendent Polson-Mappy.

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