BY WILBERFORCE ASARE
VICE PRESIDENT Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has sent a stern warning to stakeholders in the justice delivery system of the country to not, in any way, fight and sabotage the new fully-integrated Ghana Case Tracking System developed to properly administer criminal justice.
Delivering the special guest of honour’s address at the launch of the ‘Ghana Case-Tracking System’ on the theme ‘Electronic Case-Tracking Project, A Collaborative Effort’ at the auditorium of the Law Court Complex yesterday, Dr Bawumia said the citizenry must have confidence in the country’s justice delivery system.
Equally, investors must have the assurance that should they require to fall on the justice delivery system in a country where they have investments, they will have justice and the rule of law would be upheld and respected.
The Ghana Case Tracking System certainly has come at an opportune time to establish an efficient criminal trial system that both the citizenry and investors could be confident of, the Vice President observed.
He gave the assurance that the Akufo-Addo-led government would do all it could to ensure that the system be made to work.
The Lady Chief Justice
For her part, Lady Chief Justice Sophia A. B. Akuffo expressed great delight about the realisation of the full integrated Ghana Case Tracking System. The Tracking System, according to the Chief Justice, will raise the profile of criminal justice delivery in Ghana to be at par with that of the Western world and that it would help the Judicial Service and all the stakeholders achieve process integration in dealing with criminal activity in Ghana.
She urged all the stakeholders to own the tracking system and contribute their quota to make the system a success. She registered the sincere appreciation of the Judicial Service to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and by extension the United States government for the support in making the project a reality.
US Ambassador to Ghana
In his address, the United States (US) Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Robert Jackson, reiterated the US government’s commitment to helping Ghana improve on its entire legal and justice delivery system, particularly the criminal justice delivery aspect of the system.
He observed that with the level of commitment shown by the leadership of the Judicial Service and all stakeholders, he was fully persuaded that the tracking system would be put to effective use.
According to the Ambassador, the USAID, which is the sponsoring institution for the project, is willing and available to assist in the full implementation of the Ghana Case Tracking System.
The Attorney General
The Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Gloria Akuffo, cautioned all the stakeholders to employ the highest level of honesty during the process of feeding information into the system, which she observed would be carried out by human beings.
She said “if the system, which is being outdoored, will withstand the test of time, it will require that all human interfaces to the system do their work efficiently, honestly and with the highest level of integrity.”
The Case Tracking System
The Ghana Case Tracking System, a Government of Ghana initiative, is the first integrated Criminal Justice Tracking System in the country. The Tracking System under the leadership of the Judicial Service of Ghana has the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Prisons Service, the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department, the Economic and Organised Crime Office, and the Legal Aid Scheme as its main stakeholders.
The Ghana Case Tracking System, among others, will promote inter-agency collaboration and information sharing through an integrated Information Communication Technology system, which will enable all the key stakeholder agencies to electronically access and track the stage, status and progress of criminal cases from arrest to conviction or discharge of the accused person across the complete case life cycle.
The case tracking project has a special focus on crimes related to corruption, border security, maritime security and cybercrime.
Source: www.dailyheritage.com.gh/Muftaw Mohammed