A delegation of Ugandan judges and judicial officers is on a five-day working visit to the country to understand the Ghanaian judicial system and how it works.
The 13-member delegation is led by Deputy Chief Justice of Uganda, Justice Richard Buteera. He has been in the country since Monday and is expected to leave today.
Among the delegation’s itinerary were a courtesy visit to the Chief Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah; visits to courts, including the Supreme Court, to observe how justice is dispensed in the country, and the Judicial Training Institute (JTI) to learn about training programs for judges and bailiffs.
They also learned how the judiciary is harnessing technology in the administration of justice, such as court automation and e-justice, judicial reforms, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) system and infrastructure development .
The team also traveled to Kumasi, where they visited the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, and inspected the new residential compound of the Metropolitan Court of Appeal.
In an interview with the Daily Graphic, Justice Buteera said the visit was intended to learn first-hand about the justice delivery system developed in Ghana and the progress made in improving access to justice.
“Ghana has developed strategies, systems, infrastructure and practices that have seen tremendous growth and efficiency in its administration and delivery of justice,” he said.
According to him, Ghana and Uganda had similar legal systems based on the common law legal tradition and therefore it was important for the two countries to share ideas.
“As a continent, we should learn from each other and not always run to America, Europe and others. We can offer each other a lot as Africans,” the judge said. Buteera.
He said the delegation was impressed with the technological and infrastructural efforts that Ghana was undertaking to expand access to justice and further reduce backlogs in the justice system.
“We were impressed that in Ghana the backlog of cases occurs when a case is one year old. This is a great achievement because for us a file is a backlog when it has been in the system for two years.
“We find the strategies adopted by Ghana useful and we will probably adopt some of them,” the Deputy Chief Justice of Uganda said.
Justice Buteera also commended Ghana for having a comprehensive ADR mechanism and the effective way it has been instilled in the court system.
“We were also impressed with the way Ghana assesses the performance of judges and court officers. We will borrow some of the performance assessment tools and methods in our system,” he added.
According to Justice Buteera, Uganda would take the collaboration further by inviting judges from Ghana to Uganda, and vice versa, for peer learning and capacity building.
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