Hon. Mariam Jack Denton


Party: Nominated
Position: Speaker
Term: 2017 - 2022

Bio

Mrs. Mariam Jack Denton, born 29th December, 1952 is a legal practitioner with 24 years post call experience. A graduate of the University of Ife, Nigeria, with LLB (Hons.) and a BL from the Nigerian Law School, she joined the government civil service as State Counsel Attorney General’s Chambers to become the Principal Legal Adviser, at the Central Bank of The Gambia. She is currently the Honourable Speaker of the National Assembly of The Gambia, having been elected to this position on 11th April, 2017. A pioneer and committed gender activist, as well as a Member of both The Gambia and the Nigeria Bar Association, Mariam Jack Denton is actively involved in politics for the sole purpose of enhancing democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights as guaranteed in the Constitution of The Gambia. She was involved in cases dealing with civil right violations, defending private individuals and journalists amongst others. 1993 Legal Officer’s Course on International Law and Legislative Drafting (United Kingdom) 1978-1979 Barrister at Law (BL) Nigeria Law School 1975-1978 University of Ife, Nigeria LLB (Hons.) 2001 Member of the Committee of the Law Reform Commission of The Gambia on Muslim Marriages (formation and dissolution bill) 2001 Part of team of lawyers that successfully challenged the legality of the arrest and detention of students accused of taking part in the April 10th and 11th Student Demonstration in which 14 young children and a Red Cross Volunteer lost their lives. 2001 Part of team of lawyers that challenged the unconstitutional removal from office of the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) 2001 Part of the team of lawyers that challenged attempts by the then Government to amend the 1997 Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia at the Supreme Court 1999 Handled cases Involving Sharia Law on behalf of Female Lawyers Association Gambia (FLAG) in defense of Muslim Women 1999 Active Voluntary Member of the Advisory Board of Amnesty International Banjul Branch 1999 Legal Expert and Founding Member of the Forum for the Advancement of Gambian Women and Children (FAGWAC) 1999 Legal Adviser to Child Fund International (an NGO working towards the eradication of poverty, advancement and development of children amongst others) 1999 Associate Member of The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP) 1996 Challenged the National Assembly Election Results through Election Petition for two Opposition Candidates at the High Court of The Gambia

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