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In commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the murder of three Justices of the High Court of Ghana, a wreath laying ceremony has taken place at the Martyrs Square at the forecourt of the Supreme Court.

The brief, but solemn event, led by Rev. Nath Abbey, a Minister at the Osu Eben-Ezer Presbyterian Church, was interspersed with hymns,in memory of the departed souls.

They are; the late Messrs. Justice Fred Poku Sarkodee, Justice Kwadwo Agyei Agyepong and Mrs. Justice Cecilia Koranteng-Addow.

In attendance were the Chief Justice Her Ladyship Justice Sophia Akuffo, the leadership of the Ghana Bar Association and other members of the Bar and the Bench, as well as some family members.

The Judicial Service of Ghana has inaugurated twelve (12) Courts across the country dedicated to the prosecution of lotto-related offences. The Courts designated to under-take this exercise are: Circuit Courts ‘one’ and ‘eight’ in Accra, Circuit Courts ‘B’ in Tema and Koforidua, Circuit Court ‘Four’ in Kumasi, Circuit Court ‘A’ in Sunyani, Circuit Court ‘one’ in Cape Coast, and Circuit Courts in Takoradi, Ho, Tamale, Bolgatanga and Wa.

The lotto-related offences as created under the Act (L.I. 1984) include, offences in respect of coupon contrary to section 19 of the Act, which criminalizes the manufacturing, distribution, selling, offering or displaying for sale coupons in contravention of Section 18(2) of the Act, and offences in relation to the National Lotto draw and foreign lottery contrary to sections 27 and 29 of the Act.

The Bar Council of the Ghana Bar Association has paid a courtesy call on the outgoing Chief Justice, Mrs. Justice Georgina Theodora Wood to bid her farewell.

Having worked closely with Her Ladyship, the President of the Ghana Bar Association, Benson Nutsupkui said the Council deemed it appropriate to officially say ‘goodbye’ as she retires from public service.

Mr Nutsukpui noted, that the Hon. Lady proudly represented the legal profession through her dedicated service to the Judiciary of Ghana. It is the Council’s hope that she will avail herself for others in the legal profession to tap into her rich experience, when called upon.

A state of the art edifice has been inaugurated in Accra to house the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana.

It has a 60-seater capacity multipurpose conference room, a library among other facilities with adequate functional linkages to the main residence which has maximum privacy.

Speaking at the brief but colourful ceremony, the outgoing Chief Justice who initiated the project, Her Ladyship Mrs Justice Georgina Theodora Wood noted that it began two years ago when approval was granted by Government of Ghana to fund the construction of a modern official residence for the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana.

‘As Head of the third estate of the realm, the Chief Justice may be required from time to time to conduct official business from the residence’ she emphasized.

An electronic judgment library has been launched in Accra. The E- Judgment Library will enable Judges across the country to access judgments delivered in all jurisdictions and the specialized courts with the click of a button. The Chief Justice, Mrs. Georgina Wood, in a speech read on her behalf by His Lordship Justice Adumah Osei, said the platform was an improvement on the Judicial Training Institute (JTI) system. “Judges can search through the database provided with ease to obtain particularized search results and will be able to highlight and copy portions of a particular judgment, paste it in another document, and at the same time have the means to print the judgment if one so desired”, she said.

An 11-member Kenyan Judiciary delegation has paid a courtesy call on the Chief Justice, Justice Georgina Theodora Wood (Mrs) in her Chambers. Led by the Deputy Chief Justice of Kenya, Justice Philomena Mwilu, the delegation, which also represents Kenya’s Judiciary Committee on Elections JCE, said it is in the country to learn from Ghana’s experiences in election adjudication.

It will in particular focus on mechanisms used in resolving election disputes, including the mode of operation, legislative and administrative frameworks. According to Justce Mwilu, this will enable the Committee (JCE) to generate and document lessons that the Kenyan Judiciary can possibly adopt in preparation of its second general election on August 8, 2017, since the adoption of Kenya’s new constitution. Justice Mwilu was full of praise for the Ghanaian judiciary in its key role in the successful conduct of Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

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’.

The Chief Justice, Mrs.  Justice Georgina Theodora Wood is in Cairo, Egypt for a three-day Regional Conference of Chief Justices, Presidents of Supreme Courts, Constitutional Courts and Heads of Judiciaries throughout Africa.

The Conference which is within the framework of strengthening cooperation between Egypt and other African countries begins on Monday, February 20, 2017. It is being organized by the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt in collaboration with the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development. It will discuss challenges confronting the judiciaries of Africa in modern times.

 

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