Administration of Justice

World Factbook of Criminal Justice Systems, Sierra Leone

Provides a narrative description of the criminal justice system of Sierra Leone. Forty-two other country descriptions are written with a common template so that comparisons of similar functions in different countries can be made easily.

Corruption and Fraud

Transparency International - Reports

Transparency International (TI) is committed to fighting corruption using transparency as a major tool. TI is dedicated to combating corruption at the national and international levels through constructive partnerships with governments, the private sector, civil society and international organisations. The following are recent reports published by TI that include discussion of Sierra Leone.

Drugs & Alcohol

Alcohol and Drug Consumption in Post War Sierra Leone - an Exploration

This report is the result of an assignment from FORUT to Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies. It is part of the FORUT project Alcohol, Drugs and Development supported by Norad. "Drinking alcohol is not very common among Sierra Leoneans. The polarized drinking habits exposed in this study fit well with the general picture emerging from other studies of alcohol consumption in Africa." Observations like these are discussed in the study.

Human Rights

Amnesty International - Sierra Leone Human Rights Annual Reports

Each annual report discusses the current human rights environment in Sierra Leone, and discusses developments and past issues with respect to new data. The link above provides links to other pertinent reports on human rights in Sierra Leone.

Annual Reports to Congress on Human Rights Practices - Sierra Leone
These reports, produced by the U.S. Department of State, to the U.S. Congress. The law provides that the Secretary of State shall transmit a "full and complete report regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights, within the meaning of subsection (A) in countries that receive assistance under this part, and (B) in all other foreign countries which are members of the United Nations and which are not otherwise the subject of a human rights report under this Act." Reports on several countries are included that do not fall into the categories established by these statutes and that thus are not covered by the congressional requirement. The reports cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Univeral Declaration of Human Rights. (website).

Annual Reports to Congress on International Religious Freedom - Sierra Leone

These reports, produced by the U.S. Department of State, describe the status of religious freedom in Sierra Leone, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations, and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. It is submitted in compliance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

Law & the Courts

The Special Court for Sierra Leone:

The Special Court for Sierra Leone was set up jointly by the Government of Sierra Leone and the United Nations. It is mandated to try those who bear the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian law and Sierra Leonean law committed in the territory of Sierra Leone since 30 November 1996. The following are annual reports on the court activities:

Research & Statistics

The Criminal Justice System in Sierra Leone - Issue Paper

This paper, compiled by Dr. Annie Barbara Chikwanha, aims to "highlight the main problems in the country’s criminal justice system. The issues raised in this issue paper take into account the Government of Sierra Leone’s constrained capacity to correct most criminal justice deficiencies. The government has been struggling for a decade to provide the basic human needs for all Sierra Leoneans. The issue paper seeks to trigger researchers to address the following questions: How has the country fared in re-establishing the criminal justice system during the transitional phase from war to peace? How have the post war structures performed in delivering justice? How far has the country fared in complying with international standards, protocols and norms? What are the constraints in the system?"

Sierra Leone: A country review of crime and criminal justice, 2008

This bulletin presents an analytical review on crime and criminal justice issues in Sierra Leone. Included in the report are sections on: policing, prosecution, prisons, the judiciary, access to justice, juvenile justice, customary justice, and adherence to regional and international instruments.

A survey of crime victims in Sierra Leone, May to June 2008

This report discusses the findings of a survey on crime victimization. Included in the report are sections on: survey methodology, perceptions on crime and policing, crime experiences, and recommendations.