CJ Calls For Hard Work To Improve Judicial System

Fordham-Ghana Summer Law Programme in Ghana Graphic, June 16, 2009

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The Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, has observed a noticeable improvement in the country’s judicial system but called for more work for the protection of human rights and justice delivery.

She noted that Ghana's judiciary had improved within the past years but there was still more to be done and, therefore, called on all stakeholders in the judiciary to work harder to further improve on it.

"If we all work hard and together in the spirit of partnership, if all the stakeholders in the judicial process join hands, I have no doubt greater improvement can and will be made in a shorter span of time in the delivery of justice," she said.

In an address at the opening ceremony of the Fordham-Ghana Summer Law Programme at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) yesterday, Mrs Justice Wood called on legal practitioners to always remember their roles as the custodians of the rule of law in the country.

The Fordham-Ghana Summer Law Programme is a short course organised by GIMPA for first-year law students of Fordham Law School in the United States of America.

Fordham Law School selected GIMPA over other competitive institutions in West Africa because of its excellent facilities and high educational standard. The programme, which started on June 6, 2009, will end on July 3, 2009.

Mrs Justice Wood welcomed the students and advised them to learn good habits, which she said were the customary way of behaving.

She said legal practitioners learnt a lot through such exchange programmes, adding, "Judicial exchanges are crucial to give judges the opportunity to learn about other experiences, exchange views with colleagues and bring such experiences back to serve their countries and citizens."

She entreated the students to take advantage of the programme and learn about the judicial system in Ghana.
She also urged them to be dedicated to their profession and adopt a culture of service, which was the central feature of legal education.

"You should, and I am sure you will, give some of what you learn back to those who are less fortunate but no less deserving of the full protection of the rule of law," she urged the students.