Liberia: Appointment of a female Chief Justice

New Judge Sie-A-Nyene Gyapay Yuoh was born in Montserrado County, Republic of Liberia. She graduated from high school and graduated from St. Teresa's Convent, a Catholic high school in Monrovia in 1974, after which she enrolled at Cuttington University College (CUC), now Cuttington University (CU), in Suakoko, Bong County, in pursuit of her higher education where she graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science.

In 1979, Justice Yuoh enrolled at the Louis Arthur Grimes Law School at the University of Liberia, where she trained as a lawyer. In 1981, she successfully completed her law studies and obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) she was later admitted to the National Bar Association of Liberia as a lawyer. She was also admitted as a law clerk to the Supreme Court Bar in 1988.

PUBLIC & PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Associate Justice Sie-A-Nyene Gyapay Yuoh began her professional career in the Executive Branch of the Republic of Liberia, first in the Ministry of Justice as Deputy Minister of Legal Affairs from 1983 to 1985, in the Ministry of as Coordinator of African Affairs, 1988 - 1990, Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) as Corporate Secretary/Deputy Legal Counsel/Secretary, Board of Governors of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) from 2000 to 2003 and and finally at the Law Reform Commission, where she served as Acting Executive Director and Commissioner from July 2011 to April 2013, respectively.

In 2013, Madam Justice Yuoh was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Madam Justice Sie-A-Nyene G. Yuoh served as Vice President of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) from 1994 to 1998; was a founding member of the Association of Women Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) and served as its first vice-president from 1997 to 1998; Chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) from 2012 to 2013 and also served as President of the Maryland County Local Bar Association in 2013.

Abdullah Abu Rzeza, named president of the Supreme Court of Libya

The General Assembly of the Supreme Court of Libya chose Counsellor Abdullah Muhammad Abu Rizeza as its president. replacing Counselor Muhammad Al-Hafi, who realized retirement

Counsel Abdullah Abu Rizeza has been a member of the Supreme Court circuit since 2017, and his origins go back to the southern region of Libya (Fezzan Province).

Abu Rizeza worked earlier as head of the Center for Judicial Expertise, and during his work at the center, he conducted development operations for the departments affiliated with the center, and established several new departments, such as: The Criminal Experience Department
He also worked on developing the center's staff, facilitating their access to several training courses with the aim of developing them at home and abroad, and opening a number of branches in various regions and cities, especially in the fields of forensic medicine and the counterfeiting and counterfeiting department.
During his work, Abu Rizeza considered the principle of the independence of the judiciary from politics, and the guarantee of the unity of the judiciary in all cities and regions, unlike other institutions that suffered from division due to the political situation.

The Supreme Court in Libya is the highest judicial authority and exercises its jurisdiction as a constitutional court, a court of cassation, in civil, commercial, and legal matters, an administrative court, a special court for electoral appeals, in addition to the role of fatwa and legislation since its establishment.

Equatorial Guinea: change of President of the Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Tribunal of Equatorial Guinea has a new president in the person of: Antonio Nzambi Nlonga. He was appointed by decree number dated September 2, 2022, the new president of this constitutional body.

Nzambi Nlonga replaces Fermín Nguema Esono Mbengono, the outgoing president, who was appointed magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice.

Antonio Nzambi Nlong has held various responsibilities within the administration of justice.

-Secretary of State for Justice, Worship, and Institutions.

-Member of the Law Codification Commission of Equatorial Guinea.

-Member of the Constitution Review Commission in 2011.

-State Attorney General

The Constitutional Court of Equatorial Guinea has been a member of the CJCA since April 2017.

Senegal: new President of the Constitutional Council

Mamadou Badio Camara, magistrate, is the new president of the Constitutional Council. He was appointed by presidential decree on September 1, 2022, replacing Pape Oumar Sakho, appointed in 2016 and whose term expired on August 11.

An appointment that sanctions a long career as a prosecutor. He capitalizes on more than forty years of experience, punctuated by an impressive professional career.

A graduate of the National School of Administration and Magistracy (ENAM), the Sage occupied from 1977 to 1991, first substitute at the prosecutor's office in Dakar, from 1977 to 1984, then Public Prosecutor in Kaolack then in Ziguinchor, from from 1984.

From 1991 to 1993, he was at the Dakar Court of Appeal as General Substitute. From 1993 to 1998, he was Deputy Prosecutor in Dakar. Before being appointed adviser then secretary general, at the Court of Cassation until 2008. Year in which he was appointed to the Supreme Court First as Secretary General and President of the Chamber (2008 to 2013), then General Prosecutor (August 2013) and finally First President, in April 2015.

Mamadou Badio Camara, former United Nations expert, member of the commission of inquiry into the situation of political prisoners in Burundi (Bujumbura, 1999-2000), is also a former expert for the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) for criminal justice support missions in Haiti (2007 and 2008), former Vice-President of the United Nations Committee against Enforced Disappearances (Geneva, 2011-2015) and Vice-President of AHJUCAF.

Angola: Participation of the CJCA in the observation mission of the general elections

At the request of the Angolan authorities, a CJCA delegation went to Luanda to participate from August 21 to 27, 2022, in the observation mission for the general elections (legislative and presidential) whose date was set for August 24. 2022.

As part of this mission, the CJCA delegation carried out the following program of activities:

-meeting with the President of the National Elections Commission (CNE) accompanied by his close associates;

-meeting with the President of the Constitutional Court;

-participation in a meeting organized by the SADC and bringing together observers representing other organizations (the African Union, the European Union) as well as the press;

-meeting with the President of the MPLA;

-meeting with the media; on this occasion, several issues were discussed, in particular the measures taken to ensure equal access of candidates to the media and fair coverage of the activities of candidates;

- meeting with civil society organizations for an exchange on the conditions in which the observers carry out their mission;

- visit of several polling stations at the start of the ballot and at the end of the operations to see firsthand the progress of the vote and the counting of the ballots.

In addition to the CJCA, eight international organizations, including the African Union, the European Union, SADEC, ... were invited to observe these general elections.

Benin: resignation of the President of the Constitutional Court

Six months before the legislative elections in Benin, the president of the constitutional court Joseph Djogbénou resigned on July 12, 2022.

Received in audience by President Patrice Talon the day before, Mr. Djogbénou, also a former personal lawyer for the Beninese head of state, had been at the head of the constitutional court since June 2018. His mandate was due to end in June 2023.

The press release does not specify the reasons for this resignation.

A lawyer by profession, Joseph Djogbénou was elected deputy in 2015, then appointed Minister of Justice after the election of Patrice Talon in 2016.

With this resignation, it is Razaki Amouda, current vice-president who takes the head of the institution.

DRC: Dieudonné Kamuleta new President of the Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court has a new president. This is Judge Dieudonné Kamuleta Badibanga, who was elected on Tuesday, June 21 by his peers after an elective plenary assembly. He succeeds Dieudonné Kaluba Dibwa, who left the Court in a draw organized last May.

Dieudonné Kamuleta has a mandate of 3 years once renewable in accordance with article 158 paragraph 5 of the Constitution of February 18, 2006 as revised and supplemented to date.

This election comes after the President of the Republic, Félix Tshisekedi received, on Wednesday June 15, the oath of three new judges who again handed over the full staff of the Court, i.e. 9 judges. They are judges Christian Bahati Yuma, Sylvain Lumu Mbaya and Mandza Andia Dieudonné who officially replaced judges Evariste Prince Funga Mwata Molima, Dieudonné Kaluba Dibwa and Polycarpe Mongulu.

It should be noted that the CC of the DR Congo has been a founding member of the CJCA since 2011.

Membership of the Supreme Court of Mauritius to the CJCA

In a letter addressed to the President of the CJCA dated July 15, 2022, Chief Justice Mrs. Bibi Rehana Mungly-Gulbul officially requested the membership of the CS of Mauritius in the CJCA.

With this membership, the CJCA now has 48 members.