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.