First Model Child- Friendly Court opens in Accra

A first Model Child-Friendly Court has opened in Accra to cater for cases related to children. Inaugurated by Her Ladyship the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia A.B. Akuffo, the Court provides a safe environment for children as they interact with the justice system.

 According to the Chief Justice, protection of the human rights of children is crucial to the development of every nation, hence the establishment of this special Court which is being equipped to ensure quality juvenile justice delivery and the protection of the rights of minors.

“The special Court is created to recognize and accommodate the physical, developmental and emotional requirements of children and to ensure that they are not overburdened by the trauma of having to go through the judicial system” she stated.

The Model Child-Friendly Court, funded by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the Canadian High Commission, has a witness room, victim and evidence room and CCTV to prevent the accused and the victim from having direct contact during proceedings.

While commending UNICEF and the government of Canada for their support in the promotion of child’s right in Ghana, Her Ladyship is appealing to corporate Ghana to help create more of these Courts to cover all regions of Ghana.

In the view of the wife of the Vice President of Ghana, Mrs. Samira Bawumia, “The Model Child-Friendly Court will enhance our juvenile justice system, protect the rights of juveniles, ensure an appropriate response to juvenile offenders and protect young offenders for more connected purposes”.

She hopes children would “not find themselves in legal jeopardy due to the actions of adults who are to protect them”.

The Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana Mrs. Heather Cameron believes “the launch of the Court is an important step to realising the vision of ensuring that children have access to a safe space where their views are taken seriously and where their best interest is at the centre of every decision that is taken concerning them.”

Mrs. Cameron has since commended the Judicial Service, UNICEF, Ministry Of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Ghana Police Service for the collaborative efforts at ensuring quality justice delivery for children.

 

JUDICIAL SERVICE OF GHANA

P.O. Box GP 119, Accra

Tel: (+233) 0302-663951, 663954, 666671

LAW COURT COMPLEX ACCRA

Tel: (+233) 0302-748100, 748101, 748102

 

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