A workshop to assess the Judiciary’s role in handling corruption cases in Court took place on 26 June in Accra. Together with representatives from all levels of the Ghanaian judicial system, ARAP also welcomed the participation of Spanish National High Court Judge, José de la Mata.
The Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme had previously commissioned a team of experts to carry out an assessment into the ways that the Courts can ensure corruption cases are dealt with as fairly and quickly as possible. This consisted of consultations throughout the justice system, observations of Court proceedings and analyses of key information, which resulted in a report of recommendations.
The report’s recommendations for creating more efficient and effective Court processes focussed on the areas of active case management, monitoring and evaluation and practical guidance. The workshop was therefore essential for key stakeholders to validate these findings, set clear principles, strategies and next steps for collaboration to enhance the role of the judiciary going forward.
Around 30 participants took part on the day, with representatives from all levels of Ghana’s justice system, including Justice Dennis Adjei (Court of Appeals) and Justice Sophia Adinyira from Ghana’s highest judicial authority, the Supreme Court. They contributed towards the finalisation of the report during the workshop, which included identifying priorities and deadlines for the short, medium and long term actions required to implement the recommendations.
Among the participants was José de la Mata, a Judge for the Spanish National Court with experience dealing with serious, high level corruption cases in Spain. His participation consisted of giving a presentation during the workshop, and making valuable contributions based on comparative international experiences and practices in corruption case adjudication.