On April 27, 2023, the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative’s (ABA ROLI) project in The Gambia, Promoting Rights and Justice (PRJ) Activity officially handed over a revised Gambia Institute for Judicial Training (JTI) and Research Bill and a blueprint document of the JTI in a brief ceremony with the judiciary. Since 2021, the PRJ team in The Gambia, ABA ROLI and Freedom House, have been working to improve institutional capabilities within the justice sector and empower civil society organizations to safely and effectively exercise civic and political rights through the PRJ Activity.
The JTI blueprint constitutes a major achievement of the project, as it lays out the mission and vision of establishing a JTI, its objectives, and proposes target groups. Similarly, PRJ supported the judiciary to furnish the JTI building in order to make the space more fit for use. A video of the ABA renovated JTI structure was part of the handing over ceremony to the Chief Justice. At the ceremony, the Chief Justice shared his appreciation of the support received from the PRJ Activity thus far. The Chief Justice is optimistic that the Bill will be passed before the end of 2023.