In his address, His Lordship the Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah, called for commitment from all parties to ensure the successful rollout and sustainability of the novel system. “I want all of us to know that CTS, is a novel initiative designed by us to help improve our work for the benefit of Ghanaians on whose behalf we are here. We should all continue to give it our fullest commitment to ensure its complete rollout and sustainability. Let us all continue to strengthen our coordination and collaboration beyond this meeting to ensure that the task handed over to us today is done and done well”, he said.
Chief Justice Anin Yeboah indicated that as a first step to sustaining and expanding the System, the Judicial Service had included in its annual budget estimates for 2021 a request to the Government for the supply of the equipment needed to extend it to the remaining regions. He called on his colleagues to do same to ensure all were moving at the same time and pace.
The Case Tracking System is a comprehensive integrated system for the Ghana criminal justice sector that has been designed, tested, piloted and is currently being rolled-out with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The USAID/Ghana Justice Sector Reform CTS Activity seeks to use the case tracking system to support the Government of Ghana’s ability to effectively investigate and prosecute criminal acts. It is aimed at improving Ghana’s ability to track criminal cases from their introduction into the system to prosecution of those cases in court, improve information sharing and coordination among Ghana’s law enforcement and judicial authorities and increase the efficiency and effectiveness in investigating and prosecuting criminal cases of all types, especially those related to corruption, maritime security, border security and cybercrimes.
The Case Tracking System currently works in seven (7) out of the 16 regions of Ghana.
Members of the Technical Committee were drawn from the six (6) Stakeholder Agencies, namely the Judicial Service of Ghana, Ghana Police Service, Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO), Ghana Prisons Service, Attorney General’s Office and Legal Aid Commission.
The Case Tracking System Joint Task Force is a 10-member team composed of the following:
- Chief Justice, Judicial Service of Ghana
- Inspector-General of Police
- Director-General of the Ghana Prisons Service
- Executive Director, Economic and Organised Crime Office
- Director of Public Prosecutions, Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice.
- Executive Director, Legal Aid Commission
- Chief Director, Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice
- Chief Director, Ministry of Communications
- Chief Director, Ministry of the Interior
- Chief Director, Ministry of National Security