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Digitalization, Justice System Advancement, Indispensable – Bawumia

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President and NPP Flagbearer, has emphasized the indispensability of digitalization in the advancement of Ghana’s justice system.

He made the statement on Monday, April 8, 2024, at the launch of LEADing Justice, the vision of Chief Justice Margaret Torkonoo,

The Vice President said digitalization, which is a significant feature of the Chief Justice’s vision framework, and other elements, are significant to the realisation of the Chief Justice’s vision, as well as the transformation of the overall justice delivery system in Ghana.

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“As we have learnt today, the vision of the Honourable Lady Chief Justice hinges on the fundamental pillars of law, ethics, assets management, due process digitalization, a trajectory I am profoundly interested in and committed to, and the preservation of due process – all of which are crucial for the continuing advancement of our justice system,” Dr. Bawumia said.

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He pointed out that, “having personally launched the Electronic Case Tracking System for the criminal justice sector in 2018 and witnessing the positive changes that the e-justice system, which was launched a year later, is bringing to the administration of justice, I am particularly delighted that digitalization is a key component of this strategic vision.

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He commended the Chief Justice, for her commitment to enhancing the administration of justice in Ghana through her LEADing initiative, and called on all stakeholders to support the vision.

“There can be no escaping the fact that the duty of the Judiciary and the Judicial Service is to bring justice closer to the people of Ghana, by employing the tools and strategies that will make it much more comfortable for them to access and utilize instruments of justice.

“I note with great admiration and excitement the new impetus, focus, energy, and dynamism that Her Ladyship has brought to the administration of justice since she took over the reins of office less than a year ago. It is this new zeal and sense of urgency that has culminated in the Vision that we are launching today which would be the blueprint for her administration and point the way for the Judiciary and the Judicial Service towards the goal that meets the justice demands of the 21st Century and beyond,” he said.

On the part of the Government, he stressed that, “as a Government, we shall continue to do more for the Judicial Service to ramp up the e-Justice system to other levels of court beyond the High Courts in Accra. “We shall continue to invest in court infrastructure, residential accommodation for Judges and Magistrates and the general re-tooling of the human resources of the institution to improve justice delivery.  It is in our interest as a country to do so.”

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