The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, His Excellency, Brigadier Retired Julius Maada Bio, appointed on the 23th October 2018 the Lawyer Mr. Leon Jenkins-Johnston as the New Ombudsman of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
Leon Jenkins-Johnston Esq. is a graduate from Holborn Law College London in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB).
He did his Postgraduate studies at the University of Bournemouth in the United Kingdom, in International Commercial Law.
He was called to the Bar in Sierra Leone in 2005 and has been in private practice since that time prior to his appointment.
From 2007 and 2010, he was an associate Barrister and Solicitor at Messrs Jenkins-Johnston and Co. and between 2008 and 2010, he served as Chairman at the Sierra Leone Bar Association Human Right Committee where he led the Sierra Leone bar Association team in a UNDP sponsored project to provide legal aid to citizens who could not afford it.
In 2013, he was appointed Managing Partner in the firm of Messrs Jenkins-Johnston and Co. where he was responsible for handling and managing court cases, evaluating the work of associates and staff, enforcing ethical legal practices and maintaining law firm stability.
In May 2016, he was appointed by the Chief Justice of Sierra Leone as Commissioner for Oath and Notary Public for the Republic of Sierra Leone, an appointment that he holds for life.
Between June 2013 and June 2018, he served as the Sierra Leone Bar Association representative at the National Legal Aid Board where he was part of a team responsible for setting up and coordinating the government first initiative to provide free legal services for citizens who cannot afford it.
This turned out to be a huge success nationwide, as is evident today in the work of the Legal Aid Board.
Leon Jenkins-Johnston Esq. is also known to be a fearless champion for Human Rights and has worked in a series of high profiled cases in Sierra Leone.
Source: Office of the Ombudsman, Sierra Leone