AG ADOPTS SENCHI ACCORD TO ENHANCE JUSTICE DELIVERY
The heads of institutions within the Justice Sector have identified the establishment of the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) as a priority under the second phase of the Ministry’s reform programme because its successful implementation will positively affect the delivery of some aspects of criminal justice in the country.
They further affirmed that, for an efficient justice delivery to prevail there should be Legislative Reforms in aspects of our laws - including sentencing laws - and in the mandates of some of the criminal justice institutions such as the Police and the Prisons, concerning Remand Prisoners, responsibility and liability clauses for irresponsible decision making or acts or omissions.
These were contained in a seven-point communiqué adopted by participants at a two-day retreat organized by the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice in furtherance of ongoing legal and justice sector reforms at Akosombo.
After deliberations, participants resolved further to work towards improved delivery of their individual institutional mandates.
That the Electronic Case Management System to be delivered by the World Bank as well as the Case Tracking System by the USAID was necessary. However, the two systems must be compatible with each other and must duly capture all types of cases before it is accepted.
Making a case for a second phase of the Legal Services and Justice sector Reform program, participants agreed that, the core pillars should include; coordination of donors and development partners; reinforcement of institutional collaboration; strengthened policy and legislative issues; government counterpart funding should be secured in respect of resources such as infrastructure, equipment, data security and other logistics; soft skills such as capacity building, training, monitoring and coaching; implementation of a comprehensive case management with a case tracking systems.
That, government would take ownership of the reform program by contributing financially and in kind as its counterpart funding by way of demonstrating commitment to the reforms in the sector.
The participants therefore pledged to devise an effective governance structure for the Program Management unit (PMU), the Joint Steering Committee (JSC) as well as the Program Management Committee.
Present at the retreat were heads and representatives from: Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice, Ministries of Finance and the Interior, Ghana Police Service (Legal, Prosecutions and Investigations), Ghana Prisons Service (Legal/Remand),Judicial Service of Ghana (Registry), Legal Service Division (LSC), Legal Service, Legislative Drafting Division (LSLD), Legal Service, Prosecution Division (LSPD), Council for Law Reporting (CLR), EOCO, the Legal Aid Scheme (LAS) and Law Reform Commission (LRC)