Police prosecutors schooled on justice delivery

Mr. Ahmed ( seated third right), Chief Supt. Addae (second right), Ms. Sylva (Right), Mr. Amanfo (fifth from right) with the participantsFifty prosecutors drawn from the Ghana Police Service have ended a four-week training, aimed at sharpening their skills in the dispensation of justice.

This brings to 300 the total number of prosecutors trained by the LADA Institute, an Accra based law and development associate.

The programme was sponsored by the United States Embassy in Ghana under its Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

Topics discussed included, criminal prosecution, law of evidence, criminal trial and advocacy, constitution and constitutional principles on crime and punishment and the Ghana Legal system and methods.

The Chief Director at the Ministry of Justice, Mr. Suleiman Ahmed, commended the sponsors of the programme, which he said would help increase public confidence in the country’s criminal justice system.

He urged the prosecutors to implement the new ideas and skills acquired at the training to ensure that all parties in a dispute are satisfied with the outcome.

According to Mr. Ahmed, the programme came at an opportune time when the country’s general election was about three months away and this he indicated demanded fresh knowledge and ideas to curtail and also resolve minor conflicts that always arose during elections.

“You have been taught new skills and ideas on how to improve peace, security and law enforcement in the country especially in the coming months, leading to the election,” he said.

Mr. Ahmed urged the prosecutors to guard the peace and security of the country more professionally by exhibiting their intellectual capacity as well as mentor others who could not attend the course.

He assured that the ministry would continue to collaborate with development partners and credible institutions to improve the logistical and intellectual capacities of the Ghana Police Service and other security agencies.

The representative of the US Embassy, Ms. Prislla Sylva, urged the prosecutors to liase with their colleagues to ensure effective justice delivery.

She urged them to continue improving themselves in order to be abreast of procedures and regulations in the country’s judicial system.

The Deputy Director, Legal ad Prosecution of the Ghana Police Service, Chief Superintendent Benjamin Osei Addae, urged the participants to be agents of change and not be afraid of defence counsels.

The Managing Director of LADA Institute, Mr. Mark Ofori Amanfo said the programme would help deliver human rights to the door steps of the people.

He expressed optimism that the skills learnt in advocacy would help transform their professional competence in justice delivery.

By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu     






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