Judiciary trained on cybercrime

Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (third from right)  with members of the judiciary

Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (third from right) with members of the judiciary

The Ministry of Communication (MOC) has organised a day’s training workshop for the judiciary on cybercrime and the use of electronic evidence for court proceedings.

The workshop was part of activities to mark this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra last Tuesday.

Held in collaboration with the Council of Europe under the GLACY+ project, the meeting was to bring judges up to speed with happenings in the cyber world, while enhancing their understanding in the application of law to cyber cases.

The sector Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, speaking at the event noted that, emerging dynamics in the domain of cybercrime called for in-depth understanding among practitioners to be able to build an efficient justice system.

She stated that, research had proved that, the understanding of information technology by judges on issues on cybercrime as well as matters pertaining to digital evidence impacted their rulings on cases.

“It is therefore important that we build our capacity in this area to enhance our justice delivery as cybercrime has become one of the most common but pervasive crimes that the country was experiencing at the moment,” she disclosed.

“Apart from the various forms of cybercrimes such as cyber fraud that we all know, the role of computers and the internet in facilitating other contemporary and emerging crimes including human trafficking, drug trafficking, terrorism and money laundering cannot be overlooked.

Consequently, our country’s significant strides in ICT development are being undermined by the growing menace of cybercrime and therefore capacity building is urgently required to address these trends,” the Minister observed.

Mrs Ekuful recalled, the President’s commitment to the ratification of the Budapest Convention to discuss the domestic legal issues involving cybercrime and the operationalisation of the Budapest Convention in the context of Ghana’s domestic legislation.

“Ghana’s accession to the Budapest Convention is borne out of a particular judicial imperative-the need to be able to facilitate cross border investigations and prosecutions of cybercrime cases especially at the time when our citizens are actively using digital services and platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram which are hosted in other jurisdictions”.

She stated that, Ghana had undertaken a number of initiatives aimed at formalising the economy through digitalisation.

The Minister mentioned initiatives including the Paperless Port, the National Identification System, National Property Addressing System, Mobile Money Interoperability System, e-procurement and e-justice project which seeks to digitalise the work of the judiciary in the administration of justice.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful indicated that, together with the private sector such as the telecommunication and the financial sectors the sector was seeing a boost in revenue saying, “the first week of March 2018, MTN alone announced a revenue jump 23.3 per cent and GH₵ 9.3 million daily with 7.1 million active mobile money subscribers”.

She pledged the Ministry’s commitment to further engage the Judicial Service to provide cyber security training for staff of the Judicial Service towards a cyber secured culture.

By TIMES REPORTER

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