oa Article 40 - From Old Jeshwang to Kanifing : improving children's access to justice in The Gambia - challenges and prospects

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-4382



Tucked in the belly of Senegal lies one of Africa's small countries - The Gambia - snaking its way inland eastwards along the River Gambia. In spite of criticisms of the country's human rights record, The Gambia can boast of one of the admirable pieces of children's legislation on the continent. With regard to child justice, section 72(1)(f) of the Children's Act, 2005 provides mandatory legal representation for children in conflict with the law, without which a trial cannot proceed. This provision is buttressed by section 30(1)(b) of the Legal Aid Act, 2008 which requires the National Agency for Legal Aid (NALA) to provide legal aid for children pursuant to the Children's Act.

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