As part of efforts to ensure the practical realisation of Human Rights in Commonwealth countries, an NGO, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative CHRI, has launched a Report on “Excessive Delay of Cases and prolonged Pre-trial Detentions”.
The Head of Department of Public Law, GIMPA, Edmund Fori said the delay in prosecution of cases result in persons staying in incarceration for longer periods, which is against Article 88 of the 1992 Constitution.
He noted that the delay of cases affects the victims who are awaiting justice and causes more work for the institutions involved.
The CHRI’s Report on “Excessive Delay of Cases and prolonged Pre-trial Detentions”, seeks to achieve an average turn-around time for some dockets from selected Police Stations that have been referred to the Attorney General’s Department in Ghana for advice. The Head of Department for Public Law GIMPA, Edmund Fori noted that Justice is not just for those who can afford it, but for all who need it at anytime.
The CHRI made some recommendations on how to expedite cases that are before the Attorney General. It was suggested that the bureaucratic channels through which dockets are passed should be revised.
It also recommended that the Ghana Bar Association should lead discussions in enacting and enforcing a paralegal act for Ghana to help improve access to justice.