The Special Court for Sierra Leone and the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone, Freetown and The Hague

Officials of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone


Justice Jon Kamanda served as an Appeals Judge of the Special Court for Sierra Leone from 2007 to 2013. He was educated in Sierra Leone and in the UK. He trained as a Barrister at the Inns of Court School of Law in London, and was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple in 1975. From 1976 to 1980 he worked as State Prosecutor in the Government Law Office, rising to the rank of Senior State Counsel. In 1980 he entered private practice in criminal law. Justice Kamanda has served as an Appeals Court Justice in the Sierra Leone judiciary since 2004, and is the Presiding Judge in criminal appeals. He has also served as a High Court Judge in the Civil Division. In 1982 he was elected to Parliament, and he has served as Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Minister of Health, and also as Managing Director of the National Diamond Mining Company (NDMC). Justice Kamanda previously served three terms as President of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He was appointed a Judge of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone in 2013. He was Vice-President of the Court from 2014 to 2016, and was elected President of the Residual Special Court in December 2018.


Brenda Joyce Hollis was appointed Prosecutor of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone in February 2014 by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, having served as Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone from February 2010 until its closure in December 2013, also by appointment of the Secretary General of the United Nations. In addition to her duties as The Prosecutor of the Special Court, from 2007 Ms. Hollis led the prosecution against former Liberian President Charles Taylor, culminating in September 2013 in appellate confirmation of guilt on all charges and a sentence of imprisonment for 50 years. Prosecutor Hollis first worked in the Court Office of the Prosecutor in 2002 and 2003, and again in 2006, when she served as an Expert Consultant to the Office of the Prosecutor, Special Court for Sierra Leone, where she provided legal and tactical advice to The Prosecutor, acted as Team Leader, assisted in evidence-gathering missions, and was the primary drafter of seven of the eight original indictments, including that against Charles Taylor. She also served as a member of the Office of The Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia from 1994 to 2001 where she served as co-counsel and lead counsel in a number of historic prosecutions, including the Tadic case, the first litigated case at the Tribunal, the Furundzija case, the first case in which rape was charged as torture, and also served as lead counsel in the preparation of the case against former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic until her departure from the ICTY in 2001. From 2001 to 2007, Ms Hollis acted as Expert Legal Consultant on international criminal law and procedure. During this period she trained judges, prosecutors and investigators at courts and international tribunals in Indonesia, Iraq and Cambodia. She also assisted victims of international crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Colombia to prepare submissions requesting investigations by the International Criminal Court.



Binta Mansaray was appointed Registrar of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in September 2014. She had served as Acting Registrar of the Residual Special Court since its inception in January 2014. She previously served as Registrar of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, a post she held from February 2010 to December 2013, when the Special Court closed upon the successful completion of its mandate. From July 2007 to February 2010, she was Deputy Registrar, and while continuing to hold that post, she was appointed Acting Registrar in June 2009.

Ms. Mansaray first joined the Special Court in 2003 as Outreach Coordinator, during which time she designed the Court's widely-acclaimed Grassroots Programme to keep the people of Sierra Leone, and later Liberia, informed about the Court and its trials. Prior to joining the Court, Ms. Mansaray was a human rights advocate for victims and women and adolescent ex-combatants of the Sierra Leone armed conflict, and worked with a number of organizations. She held the post of Protection Partner/Country Representative for the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children in Sierra Leone. She worked with the Campaign for Good Governance, several civil society organizations, and served as consultant with the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL).

Ms. Mansaray is a graduate of the University of Sierra Leone. She received a Master's degree in French from Fordham University in New York and a Master's degree in Public Administration and Policy from American University, Washington, DC. In April 2018, she was inducted by the American University into Pi Alpha Alpha, a Global Honour Society which recognizes outstanding scholarship in public administration and public affairs.


Principal Defender

Ibrahim Yillah is a graduate of Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He obtained his LLB (Hons) in 1996 in Freetown, and later graduated with LLM at the University of Pretoria in Human Right Law. He was appointed Principal Defender in 2014. Fourah Bay College University of Sierra Leone. He previously served as Counsel in the Defence Office at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and also as Trial Attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands. He has considerable experience in Criminal Litigation, and he is also currently working as a Consultant in Environmental Law in Sierra Leone.