Ghana’s First Integrated Criminal Justice Case-Tracking System Launched

The Judicial Service has provided further proof of its commitment to the vision of  delivering quality justice with the launch of Ghana’s first integrated Criminal Justice Case-Tracking System, code named ‘Ghana CTS’.

The Case Tracking System Project whose implementation is being funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will collate data from the Judicial Service, Attorney-General’s Department via the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Ghana Police Service, Ghana Prisons Service, Legal Aid Scheme and the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO), and allow the stakeholders in the justice sector to track cases from their initiation to eventual completion. This will ultimately speed up trials in the courts.

The Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who was the Special Guest of Honour for the event, said that the System would boost investor confidence and help address bottlenecks in Ghana’s justice delivery system.

“For investors to have confidence in an economy, they must be certain that commercial disputes will be fairly and efficiently adjudicated. It is therefore heartwarming to note that the Ghana Case Tracking System will help reduce delays, loss of files and various debilitating factors in the justice delivery processes to the barest minimum,” he said.

Dr. Bawumia also described the launch of the ‘Ghana CTS’ as a milestone in the quest of the Judicial Service to automate its processes and a “big deal” for the country.

For her part, the Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Justice Sophia A. B. Akuffo, was excited about the launch stressing that “it will deliver a massive boost to our capacity to fight crime through effective process management”. According to her, the ‘CTS’ raises the profile of the criminal justice system and law enforcement in Ghana to a level at par with international counterparts while ensuring trials are conducted in a timely, efficient and effective manner, with an expedited pre-trial process resulting from  readily available information which yields quality justice.

“We will be able to trace and access information from the time of arrest through to prosecution, conviction and imprisonment or rehabilitation and releases from our computers and phones,” she said.

Justice Sophia Akuffo urged all stakeholder organizations to assume individual and collective ownership of the System. “We must commit ourselves fully to this project and do whatever we are called on to do to ensure its success, and in the process, we must evolve common best practices to drive the programme into a perpetually useful future”, she said.

The US Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Robert P. Jackson was of the view that a strong justice sector contributes to national and regional security. “When the justice system delivers justice, it also delivers stability, economic growth and security.” He further expressed his personal pleasure and that of the United States of America in supporting the design and implementation of the System. 

The Attorney-General and Minster for Justice, Ms. Gloria Afua Akuffo, appealed to the handlers of the Ghana Case Tracking System to be honest and uphold integrity in feeding information into it, and also deal with challenges that will arise out of its usage, on time. 

 

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