The implementing partners of the USAID funded Justice Sector Support Activity will soon roll out a robust media education and sensitisation programme to empower Ghanaians to enable them to know the existence of the Case Tracking System (CTS) and its importance to justice delivery in Ghana.
In an interview with GBC, the Rule of Law Specialist with the Legal Resource Centre, the lead implementing partner of the CTS, Enoch Jengre, said the overall objective for the implementation of the CTS is to ensure an expedited justice delivery in an efficient and transparent manner.
He said though the project has begun in 40 districts in seven regions, it is the hope of the partners that the remaining nine regions will be covered by the end of 2023.
This is because the other regions have begun calling for the rolling out of the CTS in their stations.
Mr. Jengre stated, “so far the picture looks very bright and the officers are gladly using the system instead of the manual way they use to record cases in the past.”
On implementing challenges confronting especially the police, the Rule of Law Specialist, was confident that they will be addressed in due course. He said the CTS has come to stay and therefore called on all and sundry to help ensure that it is sustained.
Mr. Jengre said the Chief Justice and the heads of the other institutions in the justice delivery chain are very passionate about the success of the system.
Ghana’s CTS promotes inter-agency collaboration and information-sharing through the development of an integrated case tracking system to support the Government of Ghana in effectively investigating and prosecuting criminal cases.
The implementing partners, comprising the Legal Resource Centre, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and Crime Check Foundation are being supported by USAID to strengthen the CTS through citizen engagement, empowerment and amplification of citizens’ voices, demand accountability and improved justice delivery services.
The three-year activity which commenced in August 2020, supports civil society organisations to work closely with justice sector institutions and to determine the need for changes in policies, procedures, and legislation that would facilitate improvements in justice delivery.
In 2018, the Government of Ghana with support from the US government launched the first integrated Criminal Justice Case Tracking System (CTS), in collaboration with the Judicial Service, the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department, the Legal Aid Commission, the Economic and Organised Crime Office, the Ghana Police Service and the Ghana Prisons Service.
The implementing partners comprise the Legal Resource Centre, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and Crime Check Foundation.
Story filed by Seth Eyiah.