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An Integrated Criminal Justice Case Tracking System (CTS), an electronic access and tracking system that will trackthe stage, status and progress of criminal cases in Ghana's Courts has been launched in Accra.


CTS is to promote inter-agency collaboration and information sharing through an integrated Information Communication Technology (ICT) system which will enable the Key Stakeholders Agencies (KSA's) to electronically access and track the stage, status and progress of criminal cases from arrest to incarceration—across the complete case lifecycle.  


The CTS project, which will specifically focus on crimes related to corruption, border security, maritime security and cybercrime, will be led by the Judicial Service of Ghana, in collaboration with the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Prisons Service, Ministry of Justice and Attorney General's Department – Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) and the Legal Aid Scheme as KSAs.


CTS is also designed to collect, collate and harmonize data from the Ghana Police Service, Prisons Service, Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department, Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), Legal Aid Scheme and the Judicial Service in order to provide systemic and timely information to all stakeholders, from the arrest or receipt of complaint, through investigation, charging, prosecution, trial and punishment.


Law experts say, the execution of the project will potentially generate immense benefits for the country in seeking to fulfill the ends of criminal law which is essential for promoting peace, security and order within the society.


At the launch of the CTS project in Accra on Tuesday, DrMahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, underscored the importance of a timely and efficient judicial system for the development of any nation.


Dr Bawumia noted that timeliness and efficiency were essential for the survival of a modern state and that justice delayed or miscarried was the surest formula or recipe for chaos and disorderliness.


He said for peace to be maintained among citizens, for the collective sense that people lived in a good society; citizens should have reasonable faith that the courts were able to dispense justice impartially, speedily and efficiently.


In addition, he said, for investors to have confidence in an economy, they should be certain that commercial disputes would be fairly and efficiently adjudicated. Dr Bawumia bemoaned the many bottlenecks in the justice delivery system which, he said, created a fertile ground for corruption and the perversion of justice.


He noted that the lack of capacity to track the location and status of cases resulted in undue delays and loss of files, among others, and the subsequent clogging of the criminal justice delivery system by excessive court caseloads and backlogs.


This, he said, created fertile grounds for corruption by certain individuals in each of the key steps in the justice chain.


These challenges, he said, in turn, had led to many remand prisoners suffering from long periods behind bars before they could have their day in court, exacerbating prison overcrowding, thereby, which, he said, all decent citizens agreed to be inhumane.


Dr Bawumia said with the activation of this Project, there would be clear and accountable tracking of cases from initiation right through to judgment and users of the system would be able to assign activities and track the execution of those activities.


Furthermore, he said, the system would provide management of the various KSAs the required tools to track progress of cases, monitor the overall performance of the actors within the criminal justice sector and appropriately allocate resources, with a view to improving performance standards.


Vice President Bawumia, therefore, pledged Government’s support for the success of the project, as itwould give further impetus to the push to place ICT at the heart of the governance and economic processes.


“A Ghana where systems work, efficiently and effectively, to support the activities of law abiding citizens is the Ghana that we want, and the Ghana we must all work diligently to make a reality for the future,” he added.


He, therefore, stressed the need for a high stakes buy-in from the leaders of the justice delivery system to ensure the success of the project.


The program was attended by Hon. Gloria Akuffo,  Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Ms Justice Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo, Chief Justice of Ghana and the United States Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Robert P. Jackson.


Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)