Mr. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara was born in Makeni, Bombali District, Sierra Leone. In 1985 he was admitted to the Faculty of Law, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone and was called to the Bar in 1990. During his studies he was recruited into the Law Officer’s Department where he served in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution for eight years. During those years he was involved in high profile cases and made several appearances in the High Court, Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. Mr. J.F. Kamara advised the Government of Sierra Leone on legal issues and represented Government’s interests in the Courts of the land.
In January 2004, Mr. J.F. Kamara joined the Special Court and a year later given the task to lead the CDF Prosecution Team. Again, his hard work and competence was quickly noted as he was promoted to the position of Senior Trial Attorney. He successfully completed the CDF Case to its appellate conclusion. In August of 2008 Mr. J.F. Kamara was appointed by the Government of Sierra Leone and approved by the UN Secretary-General to hold the position of Deputy Prosecutor of the Special Court. He is the first Sierra Leonean to hold that office. He is now the Prosecutor of the Special Court.
Kamara, Joseph, "Towards the Pursuit of Justice and Security in the Mano River Basin: The Special Court for Sierra Leone a Case Study" (2009). Oputa Lecture. 4.