Chief urges government to step up implementation of case tracking system
Nana Kwabena Amponsah, the Kontinhene of Obenemase in the central municipality of Asante-Akim, called on the government to scale up the implementation of the Ghana Case Tracking System (CTS) to improve the delivery of justice.
He said that the CTS, if effectively implemented, could address wanton violations of people’s rights in the criminal justice system and also promote transparency among key justice sector institutions in dealing with criminal cases. criminal cases.
The CTS is integrated software that tracks criminal cases in the justice delivery system from inception to disposition.
It tracks cases from inception at the police station or Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) through processes within key justice sector institutions, including the Attorney General’s Office and Ministry of Justice. Justice, Legal Aid Commission, Judicial Service and Ghana. Prison service.
It was launched in 2018 by the government with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to promote speedy trial of criminal cases.
As part of its implementation, USAID supports three civil society organizations (CSOs), including the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, the Legal Resource Center, and the Crime Check Foundation, to engage and empowering the public to demand accountability and improved services through a project called “USAID’s Justice Sector Support Activity.”
The project is implemented in 147 districts in seven regions in collaboration with local CSOs.
In the Ashanti region, six municipalities, including Asante-Akim South, Asante-Akim Central, Obuasi West, Kwabre East, Asokwa and Kumasi Metro, are benefiting from the project.
The leader who was addressing the media after a town hall meeting in Obenemase where residents were sensitized on ATC and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), said the initiative was commendable and should be supported by all Ghanaians.
He called on the government to extend the CTS to all police stations across the country and insist on strict adherence to restore public confidence in the work of the police and other related justice sector institutions.
He said people were languishing in jails because their cases had been overlooked due to flaws in the justice system, emphasizing the need to prioritize the CTS as a people to eliminate such injustices from the system.
Mr. Philip Duah, Executive Director of the Abak Foundation, a local partner in the project, said people were increasingly losing faith in the criminal justice system due to the gross abuse of their rights by actors in the sector. of Justice.
He was a firm believer that the introduction of CTS would promote fairness in the system due to the number of actors involved in the process.
“We need to do more as a country to make sure there is some kind of trust and transparency in our justice delivery system and I think the CTS is one of the surest ways to do that” , he pleaded.