Stakeholders at this year’s Chief Justice’s Forum want the Judiciary to adopt electronic systems in court proceedings to help ensure speedy justice delivery.
President of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) Yaw Acheampong Boafo acknowledged some of the interventions by the Judiciary in the COVID times, he however believes it will require investment in resources and laws to aid in its implementation.
“It is my conviction that it is possible to implement technological or digitization tools that host and drive almost the entire legal processes from the time of filing to service through discovery, case management, trial, and even to delivery of judgments in ways that ensure accessible justice.
The pandemic and its impact, particularly within the justice delivery system have provided a number of useful lessons and revealed untapped opportunities for the justice delivery system to improve and evolve within the broader objective of ensuring accessible justice”, Yaw Boafo said.
The event was held in Kumasi on Thursday(17 October 2022), under the theme: “improving access to justice in a pandemic through technology”. The event created a platform for stakeholders to deliberate on critical issues in the justice sector and how they could enhance the efficiency and effective delivery of justice in the country.
Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah on his part assured the public that the judiciary will continue to adopt technological innovations in order to expand access to justice delivery in the midst of a pandemic.
Justice Yeboah used the occasion to announce some initiatives in some of Ghana’s courts as the judicial service uses technology for effective justice delivery.
“The impact of technology on our justice delivery system in Ghana is further evidenced by the Judicial Service’s E-Justice system. This system has, for instance, made it possible for court users to file processes and make payments, without the need of coming to the court premises. In some instances, lawyers even receive emails about adjournments. The system has also made it possible for relevant administrative persons to allocate cases to judges, track the progress of cases, store electronic copies of case dockets, and generate important statistics, among other things”, he said.
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH