The Republic of Sierra Leone: Introductory Note
Rowland JV Cold, Chukwuemeka CV TaylorEdited By: Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa
© 2018 Oxford University Press
Established as a British Crown colony in 1808, the Sierra Leone peninsula was ruled by a Governor-in-Council who had both executive and legislative powers. After severe pressure from the settler population, this system finally gave way to the establishment of executive and legislative councils that replaced the Governor’s Council in 1863. The 1863 Constitution represented a, somewhat, representative governance in that members of the African population were appointed to serve in the Legislative Council for the first time. Moving away from an authoritarian system...