Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh

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Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh
Chief Justice of Sierra Leone
Assumed office
January, 2008 [1]
Nominated by Ernest Bai Koroma
Preceded by Ade Renner Thomas
Sierra Leone High Court Judge
In office
Nominated by Ahmad Tejan Kabbah
Sierra Leone Court of Appeals Judge
In office
Nominated by Ahmad Tejan Kabbah
Personal details
Born (1949-04-16) 16 April 1949 (age 66)
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Nationality Sierra Leonean
Political party Non
Residence Freetown, Sierra Leone
Alma mater

Fourah Bay College

Profession Judge
Religion Islam

Haja Umu Hawa Tejan Jalloh (born April 16, 1949 [2]) is the current Chief Justice of Sierra Leone. She was sworn in as Sierra Leone's Chief Justice on January 25, 2008. She succeeded retired Chief Justice Ade Renner Thomas[3][4][5]. She is the first woman to hold the Chief Justice position in Sierra Leone's history [6]. Jalloh is the older sister of Sierra Leonean diplomat Sulaiman Tejan-Jalloh.

Umu Hawa Tejan Jalloh was born and raised in the capital Freetown to prominent parents from the Fula ethnic group. Jalloh holds a Bachelor of Laws from Fourah Bay College, a Master of Laws from Columbia University in New York and from the University of London.

In 1975, she was appointed as a State Counsel in the Sierra Leone Ministry of Justice. She was later promoted to senior State Counsel and Principal State Council. In 1996 she was appointed as a Sierra Leone High Court Judge, where she served until 2004, when she was appointed as a Sierra Leone Court of Appeals Judge. She remained in that position until she was appointed as the Sierra Leone Supreme Court Justice in 2008.

Eerly life and education[edit]

Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh was born on April 16, 1949 [7] in the Sierra Leonean capital Freetown to Muslim parents from the Fula ethnic group, originally from Koinadugu District in the north of the Sierra Leone. Like her parents, Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh is also a Muslim. She is the older sister of Sierra Leonean diplomat Sulaiman Tejan-Jalloh. Jalloh's mother was the President of the Sierra Leone National Fullah Women’s Association for twenty six years; and her father served in the Freetown City Council[8].

Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh grew up in Freetown. She attended the Harford Secondary School for Girls in Moyamba, Moyamba District and the St. Edward's Secondary School in Freetown.

After her secondary education, she attended Sierra Leone's Fourah Bay College and Njala University and got a Bachelor of Laws degree. In 1974, She got a scholarship to study at the prestigious Columbia University in New York, where she did her Master of Laws. She later continued her legal education at the University of London.