Book on court administration in Ghana launched

By Gifty
Amofa, GNA
  

Accra, Sept. 26, GNA – A 600-page book,
titled; Court Administration in Ghana; Civil and Criminal Proceedings, which
will ensure the smooth delivery of justice in the courts, has been launched in
Accra.

The book was written by Mr Kwesi Ainuson, a
Court Clerk, who rose through the ranks of a cashier, regional administrator,
chief registrar, founder of Judicial Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) and
became second to the Commissioner of Human Rights and Administrative Justice.

Justice Sophia A.B. Akuffo, the Chief Justice,
who was the Special Guest of Honour, reiterated the need for professionalism in
the Judicial Service.

“In the performance of the critical role that
the Service plays in the Country, we need to bring to bear the highest
standards of professionalism in administration every single day,” she said.

“As a result, the Service is focused on
creating a workforce that has no room to compromise on professionalism and
ethics,” the CJ said.

Justice Akuffo noted that the Judicial Service
was determined to make sure users of the court received the right service in
the right manner and on time.  

She congratulated the author for adding to the
body of knowledge on law practice and justice delivery in Ghana.

The book contains Fast Track and Automated
Court Procedures and Case Management, Essential Precedents and Chamber
Correspondence for Lawyers as well as a Directory Location for Courts, she
said.

The Chief Justice said one of the valuable
features of the book was the provision of information on different aspects of
court work and procedures unique to specific areas.

She said Judicial Accounting, which was
another aspect of the book, was different from the normal accounting duties in
other government departments.

It offers a guide to the clerks and managers
of law firms, court registry, provides information on essential precedents,
chamber correspondence, law students and other tools lawyers need.

Justice S.A Brobbey, a retired Supreme Court
Judge, launching the book, said no court could operate without successive
inputs of court registrars, thus, the book was essential to understanding and
managing courtroom matters, adding that that it would help ease the work load
on lawyers.

Dr Kweku Ainuson of the Faculty of Law, University
of Ghana, in reviewing the book, said the book, a reference manual, would
provide valuable resource to fill the knowledge gap.

It has simplified versions of litigation
process in Ghana, outlined court officials’ roles in both civil and criminal
cases, keeping and maintaining court list in assisting judges, what registrars
should do when court has given sentence, force of law, and enriched law
directory of the courts among other things, he said.

The first copy was bought at GH¢10,000.00.
Copies will be available at GH300.00 at bookshops. 

GNA

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