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Judicial Review Committee renews plea for mandate extension

Author: Daniel Michael/L. Memo | Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Justice James Ogoola, the Chairperson of the Judicial Review Committee/Courtesy Photo

The Judicial Review Committee has again appealed to the Unity government to extend its mandate as it will expire by Friday.

The call aired on the state-own TV, SSBC on Monday evening was the second time.

In December last year, the Committee said it did not complete its tasks and asked the government for another period to finish the remaining work.

On Monday, the committee chairperson, and two other members met with the Cabinet Minister, Dr. Elia Lumoro to seek an extension.

“Come Friday, 28 January, this committee will have no legal life. And so, we were discussing the possibility of extending that mandate beyond, because we have a lot to do”, Justice James Ogoola.

In response, Minister Lumoro said the government supports the extension call and his leadership is aware.

“So, I stand here to say that we support the extension and that the processes are on and that my leadership is aware,” he said.

“There are also our partners who are willing to sponsor the need for the extension. We are confident that this is going to be no gap.”

The committee comprising two IGAD delegates and ten others from parties to the unity government was formed in July 2022.

Its mandates to review relevant laws, advice on judicial reforms, and restructure the institution will expire on January 28th, 2023.

According to the committee, they intend to roll out to the states to collect the views of the people on the judicial system of South Sudan.


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