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The Judicial Service of Ghana under the leadership of the Hon. Lady Chief Justice, Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood, has inaugurated a five-storey block of executive flats for ten High Court Judges at Roman Ridge, in Accra. The building which is christened “Liberty Court” forms part of the Service’s efforts to address the housing deficit that confronts the Judiciary. In a statement delivered at the ceremony, the Chief Justice, said the introduction of judicial reforms aimed at improving access to justice necessitated the appointment of more Judges and Magistrates, and this has resulted in the increase in the demand for official accommodation for the Judges. She added that “presently, only 69 out of the 143 Superior Court Judges have been provided with official accommodation, resulting in a deficit of 74 judges without official accommodation”.
Justices of the Court of Appeal have undergone training in Accra, on the third edition of the Manual on Election Adjudication in Ghana. The purpose of the one-day training was to sensitize them to appropriately handle parliamentary election petitions from the High Court, as the Court of Appeal is the final appellate Court for the determination of parliamentary electoral petitions.The Judges were taken through their appellate jurisdiction in respect of parliamentary dispute resolution. It was emphasised during the training that by virtue of a Supreme Court decision, parliamentary dispute resolution ends at the Court of Appeal. There was therefore the need to maintain that position of the law.
A nine-member delegation from the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice led by its Vice-President, Hon. Justice Micah Wilkins Wright, has called on the Hon. Lady Chief Justice at her office in Accra.The delegation is in the country to organize a three-day seminar for stakeholders in the administration of justice on the jurisdiction, procedure and jurisprudence of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice and also enhance cooperation between the Court and the Judiciary of Ghana.
In order to keep Judges abreast of issues relating to maritime law and its legal ramifications, the Ghana Shippers’ Authority in conjunction with the Judicial Training Institute has held the 11th Maritime Law Seminar for Judges of the Superior Courts in Accra.
In her address, the Hon. Lady Chief Justice, Mrs. Georgina Wood stated that a number of maritime trade and transport related cases had been expertly handled by the courts since the commencement of the maritime law seminars, hence it was important for such seminars to continue to provide the needed platform for introducing new concepts and refresh the minds of judges on novel areas of law governing shipping, international trade and admiralty matters.
The Hon. Lady Chief Justice, Mrs. Georgina T. Wood, has launched the third edition of the Manual on Election Adjudication in Ghana. The 512- page book on election law, put together by the Judicial Service of Ghana, will guide Judges in the adjudication of election disputes after the December 7 elections. The manual is a useful resource that apprises Judges, Lawyers, and the general public of keys provisions of new election laws such as C.I.91 and C.I 94, recent amendments to existing election laws as well as recent case law on election disputes.
The Hon. Lady Chief Justice, Mrs. Georgina T. Wood has called on stakeholders in the administration of justice to work together to ensure that electoral disputes are resolved in a timely fashion before, during, and after the December 7 general elections. Chief Justice Wood was speaking at the 9th Annual Chief Justice’s Forum held in Accra under the theme ‘The Judiciary and Election 2016’.