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Judicial Service Publishes 12 Administrative Guidelines and Practice Directions

The Judicial Service has published 12 Administrative Guidelines and Practice Directions to increase transparency and due process in court work.

                        The announcement was made by Chief Justice Gertrude Sackey Torkornoo in her Statement at the launch of her
                        Vision for the Judiciary and the Judicial Service called ‘LEADing Justice’, a Strategic Framework for improving the
                        application and the use of Law, Ethics, Assets, Digitalization and Due Process in justice delivery, at the Accra International Conference Centre.


                                      CJ welcoming the Vice President, H.E. Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia to the event

                       ‘I am glad to report that as part of my immediate goals, which prioritizes the provision of directions, guidelines,
                       and manuals to increase transparency and due process in court work, twelve (12) items that range from Administrative
                       Guidelines to Practice Directions, are available to be revealed to the public today, along with the Vision Statement’.

                               Chief Justice Gertrude Sackey Torkornoo delivering her address

                       The Administrative Guidelines and Practice Directions cover Practice Directions on Commercial Pre-Trial Settlement
                       under Order 58 as amended by CI 133, Practice Directions in Respect of Prerogative Writs Involving Chiefs and
                       Chieftaincy Issues, Practice Directions on Award of Cost, Practice Directions on Plea Bargaining, Practice Directions
                       on Adjournments and Adoption of Proceedings in Part Heard Trials and Practice Directions on Court Connected ADR
                       under Order 32 as Amended by CI 133.

                              Students of the Ghana School of Law and various University Law Faculties at the programme


                       The rest are Practice Directions for Determination of Applications for Injunctions to restrain Burial of a Deceased Person,
                       Administrative Directions to Aid Expeditious Disposal of Trial by Jury, Administrative Guidelines on Using the Supreme
                       Court Registry, Administrative Guidelines on Generation of Suit Numbers, Administrative Guidelines for Procedures For
                       Online publication of Judgments and Rulings and Administrative Guidelines on Court room Proceedings.


                                                                                 Clergies at the launch


                       According to the Chief Justice, ‘under the implementation of the goals in this Vision, Manuals and Guidelines will be
                       multiplied for the use of stakeholders, and to cover the myriad lines of court work, levels of court, divisions of courts,
                       the functions of external service providers etc. etc. The purpose of this is to increase transparency, competence, due
                       process and integrity in court work’.

                       Chief Justice Torkornoo also disclosed that as part of the immediate (first two hundred days) goals set out in her vision
                       statement, ‘I have been greatly assisted and helped to produce various paralegal learning materials for Accounting professionals,
                       Process Servers, Interpreters, Court Clerks, Recorders and Secretaries, and Registrars working with the courts’.


                                                                                                   CJ in a chat with the Vice President


                     She further added, that the Judicial Training Institute (JTI), working with technology and innovation teams in the Judicial Service
                     ‘have also trained our first cohort of faculty members in how to deliver online training with effective adult learning models,
                     because the cost of training thousands of people physically, bringing them from around the country will be simply prohibitive’.
                     She said, going forward, much of training ‘will now be delivered online, with structured pre-delivered materials, and post training
                     exercises, to ensure that actual learning is done, before certification is given’.

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