The Attorney General (AG) of Ghana was created in 1877 and is responsible for protecting the rule of law in Ghana, including criminal law. It exists to oversee an efficient and transparent legal system, and helps ensure that all citizens have equality of access to justice. This position of duty means that any civil proceedings against the State can be actioned against the AG as Defendant.
ARAP supports the AG by providing technical assistance and capacity development, equipping it with key tools to effectively conduct prosecutions throughout the country. Dialogue with the Attorney General Department and particularly the Public Prosecution Division (PPD) has resulted in three main areas of ARAP collaboration: information management (particularly case registry), prosecution capacity development (particularly corruption cases); and inter-agency coordination (with other prosecution and investigation agencies).
Capacity to Prosecute Corruption Cases
The AG leads and authorises all prosecutions in Ghana, which is a crucial link in the anti-corruption chain. To strengthen its capacity, strategies are developed to guide and monitor other prosecutors and implement the Supreme Court. Manuals and trainings are delivered on corruption and ARAP’s cross-cutting issue of environmental governance, to strengthen its capacity to prosecute environment-related offences.
Prosecution Case Management
Improved Information Management Systems are powerful instruments for a more accountable, transparent and open government, and better informed decision-making processes.
ARAP supports the digitalisation of managing prosecution dockets, from registration onwards.