Cameroon – Anglophone crisis: The future law on the Common Law finally tabled in the National Assembly

Written by Deckson N.

This bill deals with the creation of a new section in the Supreme Court.

According to the daily newspaper Le Jour, on June 23, 2017, the future law on common law tabled in the National Assembly (NA) by the Government will delight the Bar Association of Cameroon. It is actually a draft bill that deals with the creation of a new section in the Supreme Court. The draft text modifies the organization and functioning of this Court. It brings a new section within the Judicial Chamber: the Common Law section.

It should be noted that the draft law amends Law No. 2006/016 of 29 December 2006 on the organization and functioning of the Supreme Court. Article 11 of this law will therefore be enriched by a paragraph 3 which stipulates that the magistrates appointed to the section of Common Law must be of Anglo-Saxon culture. The newspaper thinks that this future law will therefore be more pleasing to the anglophone lawyers who lately made many claims. Claims that were made in the context of the anglophone crisis. This crisis has not yet known all the solutions. “The bill has the merit of being the concretization of an instruction of the President of the Republic, according to the announcement made on 31 March 2017 by the Minister of Justice, Laurent Esso. It is the Keeper of the Seals who will defend the text before the National Assembly then the Senate, “the paper writes.

In addition to this future law, which will be of great help in resolving the Anglophone crisis, it is noted that, on instructions from the Head of State, the Government should establish a section of the Common Law at the ENAM, the creation of the departments of English law in the universities of Douala, Maroua, Ngaoundéré and Dschang, to name but a few.

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