For more than a month, the courts in the northwest and southwest, the English-speaking parts of the country, have operated without anglophone lawyers. The latter are on strike.
They demand, among other things, an English version of the Ohada uniform acts and protest against the assignment in the courts of these regions of francophone magistrates who have difficulty in mastering the principles of Common Law.
In a media release yesterday Wednesday 23 November 2016 in Yaounde, Laurent Esso, the Minister of Justice, said that the Head of State, President of the High Council of the Judiciary, did not remain indifferent to the claims of the Men In black robes of the Southwest and North-West.
“Following the strike (of English-speaking lawyers, Ed), the President of the Republic His Excellency Paul Biya ordered the preparation of the General States of Justice in which all the problems posed by lawyers strikers And many more will be examined. It turned out that the claims were not completely unfounded with respect to proficiency in the language, but not with the technical competence of the magistrates concerned.
There was the problem of the inability of certain French-speaking magistrates affected in the North-West and South-West Regions to express themselves in English or to master the principles of Common Law which would still be applicable. The President of the Republic therefore decided to give another function to the senior magistrate concerned, and replaced him by another magistrate whose profile is better adapted to the situation. The first phase of data collection has already been completed. And the work of synthesis is being finalized, “revealed the Keeper of the Seals which condemns however, the descent of English-speaking lawyers in the street.