Speaking at the Launch at the Auditorium of the Law Court Complex in Accra, His Lordship Justice Anin Yeboah noted that “the launch of the web-based legal library is another step forward in ongoing efforts to harness technology to improve the delivery of justice in the country” especially, as the stocking, updating, and access to the library’s content in hard copy was a time consuming process.
Justice Anin Yeboah noted that previous efforts such as the Electronic Case Management System, Electronic Case distribution System and the current e-Justice System were all evidence of the Service’s commitment to using technology to make justice accessible to the citizenry.
The web-based library of the Judicial Service was made possible through a partnership with the Council for Law Reporting, with support from the European Union (EU) through the Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme (ARAP).
For her part, the Head of the EU Delegation to Ghana, Ambassador Diana Acconcia, highlighted the fruitful collaboration between the European Union and the Judicial Service of Ghana. She noted that in an increasingly digital world, it is of great importance for all justice institutions to have a web-based library to enhance prompt access to legal documents.
The Chairman of the Web Library Management Commitee, His Lordship Justice Sulemana Nasiru Gbadegbe of the Supreme Court, in his remarks said that the web library has come at an opportune time to assist lawyers to access legal documents with just a click of a mouse. He also noted that it would expedite the process of legal research and was grateful to ARAP for the support.
The Legal Web Library will ensure speedy and wide access to current and retrospective information such as Acts of Parliament, Executive and Constitutional Instruments, International Law related materials, legal textbooks and other law resources.