Ghana’s Chief Justice (CJ), Justice Sophia Akuffo, has urged the general populace to make it their duty to challenge provisions in the 1992 constitution as citizens and not only when they have an interest to protect.
Citing the landmark case of Martin Kpebu verses the Attorney General in which the applicant without any interest in the case got the Supreme Court to remove from the countries statute books, the Law that made some offenses in Ghana non bailable, Justice Akuffo called on people of Ghana to follow after the example of Kpebu to help develop constitutional democracy in Ghana.
Addressing attendees of the GIMPA Law Conference under the theme; “The Judiciary and its Contribution to Ghana after 60: Reflecting on the Past, Analyzing the Present, Preparing for the Future, held at the GIMPA Executive Conference Centre, the lady Chief Justice said several constitutional Law actions brought before the Supreme Court has been the shaping force of the Judicial System of the State and, in order to develop it further, many more such actions will help guarantee quality Justice delivery in Ghana.
The CJ in her speech announced that the Judicial Service will as from next month begin the system of electronic filing of cases through out the country’s court.
This, she said, will help reduce the amount of human involvement in the process of filing of cases in the courts by justice seekers.
Justice Sophia Akuffo intimated that it was her considered vision during her time in office to make sure that she builds a system that will electronically connect all courts in the country to each other for the purposes of record transmission.
The vision she said will connect the District Courts, Circuit Courts, High Courts, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court to each other.
This, she hoped to achieve before she retires on the 20th of December 2019.
The two-day conference is expected to draw leading brains both at the BAR and the Bench to discuss a host of topics on the theme for the conference.
In all, eight (8) panels will be constituted over the two day period to discuss various topic assigned to them and to make recommendations for the future of the Judiciary in Ghana.
Panel one which will be moderated by the President of the Ghana Bar Association, Benson Nutsukpui will have the former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights & Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Justice Emile Short, retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice V.C.R.A.C Crabbe and Senior Partner at Reindorf Chambers, Fui Tsikata pitching their ideas on the theme for the conference.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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