Court Code
SLSC

An action brought by the Plaintiff seeking clarification about certain measures which were taken by the Sierra Leone Police under the direction of the Defendant, the Inspector General of Police, on election day, 2018

Land Law-fee simple-determinable interest-devise to named person until marriage does not create fee simple when devisee dies
unmarried-Land Law-life interest-determinable interest-devise to named person until marriage does not create life interest when devisee dies unmarried.

Tort-damages-measure of damages-personal injuries-shortening of life-loss of predominantly happy life major factor to be considered, not social or financial position-court will avoid extravagant awards-Judgment was made for the plaintiff.

Family Law-property-matrimonial home-substantial financial contribution to purchase price by party to customary marriage creates
joint tenancy-Land Law-joint tenancy-matrimonial home-substantial financial contribution by party to customary marriage creates joint tenancy-

Civil Procedure-assessors-replacement of assessors during trial-replacement possible at any stage with consent of parties and approval of magistrate-Courts-local courts-assessors-replacement of assessor during trial-replacement possible at any stage with   consent of parties and approval of magistrate-appeal dismissed.

Evidence-burden of proof-standard of proof-divorce-adultery must be strictly proved-Evidence-presumptions-presumption of law-legitimacy-child of married woman presumed legitimate unless spouses judicially separated-evidence of spouses living apart for three years, nine months rebuts presumption.

Civil Procedure — pleading — matters which must be specifically pleaded—condition precedent—due performance presumed if non­performance not pleaded

Evidence—burden of proof—title to land—statutory title—proof of adverse possession not necessary to acquire statutory title

Local Government—elections—election petitions—security for costs— Rural Area Ordinance, 1949, s.37(l) imperative and absolute—failure to give security as required renders petition invalid

Criminal Procedure - inspection - locus in quo - inspection should not be relied on without evidence