Fast Track Commercial Court in Freetown

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The objectives of this project were to establish a Fast Track Commercial Court in Freetown to reduce time and costs of commercial disputes; to introduce transparent, streamlined and modernised regulatory and administrative procedures as well as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism, to reduce time and cost for commercial litigation.

The project successfully addressed the need of the Judiciary of Sierra Leone to improve the commercial landscape by establishing a fully digitalised and automated Fast Track Commercial Court which is fully operational in Freetown. The ADR mechanism has been introduced to the judicial system of Sierra Leone and new commercial court rules were drafted and adopted by Parliament. The backlog of commercial cases has been halved and there has been a reduction in time lag in commercial litigation (filing to judgment takes a maximum of two months from a previous average of two–six years). This has been achieved through usage of state of the art technology, new rules and ADR.

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