Muslim Famiy Counselling Services held public education on Ghana Case Tracking System/ADR 

Muslim Famiy Counselling Services (MFCs) a Non Governmental Organization holds public education the Ghana Case Tracking System (and the use mechanism to resolving cases.

Mr. Tijani Mahmoud, Programme Manager, explained that, the
education was aimed to increase citizens’ awareness and understanding on the  Case Tracking System (CTS) and encourage the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), Africa Office (an implementing partner of
electronically access and back the various stages of criminal cases from the point of arrest,
According to him, the Department of Legal Aid Commission, Prisons and Economic and Organized Crime Office
supported by the USAID, was to enable the key actors (Police, Judiciary, Attorney General’s education on the Case Tracking System (CTS) and the use of relevance of using ADR
He stated that, in 2019, Ghana launched the first electronic Integrated Criminal Justice Case-Tracking System, and the success of the CTS requires citizens’ invovement and their demand for utilization of the ADR for resolving cases
system by justice sector institutions.
In view of this, he said the partners are organizing  public
citizenry to advocate for the effective utilization of the system.
He disclosed that, the USAID Justice Sector Support Activity in collaboration with the Muslim Famiy Counselling
Services (MFCS) and the Asokwa MunicipalAssembly poised enlighten the public investigations, prosecution, conviction, rehabilitation and release.
He underscored that (CTS) project is to support key stakeholders in the justice delivery system to collect, collate and harmonize statistical data for effective justice delivery.

Mr. Dickson Frimpong , the Asokwa Municipal Director of social welfare, stated that, the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is common to the people in the communities which they are applying without appreciating it, and for that matter, they are scaling up the sensitization to reach out to the people in the communities on the avenues to reach out to chennel their cases.

He disclosed that, the Municipality has being receiving number of cases with regard to custody and maintenance and is able to educate their people and encouraging the members in the communities to seek for ADR, because the court process is huge and takes alot of time and cost the poor people, hence ADR is the best option.

He mentioned some of the cases that could be address through ADR includes Family – related issues including child paternity and maintenance issues, divorce cases, inheritance and property sharing issues, Landlord and tenants issues, insurance issues, Employer and employee issues, Debt recovery issues and others.

Supt. Kaakyere Owoahene Achampong, the Asokwa District Commander, also sensitized the public on the human rights issues, says everyone should know his/her rights to enable them report anyone trying to abuse their rights, especially the rights to life, right to freedom and privacy and ensure that we are equal before the law irrespective of one’s status in the society.

He pleaded with Nananom to stop the act of double sales of a piece of land to a diff people, which he said is one of the pressing letigations in the society, says if the Chiefs could ddesist from such acts it would go a long way to in preventing land lit issues among others.

He disclosed that, dishonesty is now eating up the society, because people are not trustworthy or truthful to one another, and for that matter, urging the public to cultivate the habit of truthfulness and trust to ensure transparency to guarantee or bring litigation issues to the bearest minimum to reduce the burden of court cases alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) issues.

 

From Ernest Best Anane, Kumasi

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