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Ghana’s Court Connected ADR Receives Thumps Up

Ghana’s Judiciary has been commended for its efforts at making Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) an integral part of the justice delivery system. According to a Professor of Criminal Justice and Director at the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution at the California State University, Sacramento, USA, Prof. Ernest Uwazie, Ghana, no doubt is a force to reckon with in the sub-region and to a large extent, on the African continent, when it comes to issues of ADR. He said it is therefore important to continue to initiate measures to sustain the interest of the populace, so as to enhance access to justice through ADR.

H/L the Chief Justice Anin Yeboah (middle) making a point during his interaction with Prof. Uwazie (seated left). To his left are H/L Nene Amegatcher (JSC), H/L Justice Paul Baffoe Bonnie (JSC), H/L Cynthia Pamela A. Addo (Judicial secretary), Ms. Rosemary Gaise (Deputy Director of Communications) respectively.

‘One cannot talk about ADR on the African continent without the mention of Ghana’. ADR training is critical in our operations and Ghana has been a force to reckon with’, he said.

Professor Uwazie, who is also the Chair, at the Criminal Justice Division of the California State University, said this, when he paid a courtesy call on the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana, His Lordship Justice Anin Yeboah at the Chief Justice’s Conference room in Accra.

His Lordship the Chief Justice (right) displaying a gift received from Prof. Ernest Uwazie (left)


SUSTAIN ADR TO REDUCE CASE LOADS IN COURTS

In the company of His Lordships Justice Paul Baffoe-Bonnie and Justice Nene Amegatcher of the Supreme Court, as well as the Judicial Secretary; Justice Cynthia Pamela Addo, the Chief Justice acknowledged the strides made so far, with the continuous endorsement of Court Connected ADR.  He said ADR has come to stay, to reduce the case loads in the Courts.

Chief Justice, H/L Justice Anin Yeboah (middle) (from left) H/L Justice Nene Amegatcher(JSC), Prof. Uwazie, H/L Justice Paul Baffoe-Bonnie(JSC) and H/L Justice Cynthia P. Addo, (Judicial Secretary)

Justice Anin Yeboah said, measures are being taken on how best to expand the Court Connected ADR scope, for every Ghanaian everywhere to access it and more importantly, sustain it, to achieve the desired impact. Adding, that ‘without ADR, our Courts will continue to be choked.’

VISION TO HAVE ADR IN ALL COURTS

Prof. Uwazie( left) interacting with His Lordship the CJ

The Chief Justice said, the intention is to have ADR Offices in all Courts, particularly the 80 new courts, which would be inaugurated across the country in the course of the year. He called for urgent assistance to expand ADR, in the area of training and logistics.

A Justice of the Supreme Court His Lordship Justice Nene Amegatcher, was full of praise for Professor Ernest Uwazie, for his leadership role since 1996, in facilitating trainings, and paying regular visits to Ghana to follow up on the progress of ADR. “ADR ACT (ACT 798) was passed by Parliament in 2010, thus has been institutionalized in the justice delivery system through your intervention”, he told the University Professor.

H/L Justice Nene Amegatcher(JSC) (middle) giving a response, on his immediate right is His Lordship the Chief Justice Anin Yeboah, followed by Prof. Uwazie, and to his left is Justice Baffoe Bonnie (JSC)

Professor Uwazie reaffirmed his institution’s support for the cause of ADR in Ghana. He informed the Chief Justice about the 2nd ‘Student Study Abroad Seminar Programme’ scheduled to take place in Ghana from July 13-23, with focus on Comparative/Restorative Justice. He hoped the Chief Justice will be available to meet with the students and the visiting team to exchange more ideas.



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