USAID Justice Sector Support Activity/ LRC holds town hall meeting on Ghana Case Tracking System
The Legal Resources Center (RLC) and the USAID Justice Sector Support Activity has today held a town hall meeting in Tamale on the Ghana Case Tracking System and the Community service bill.
The town hall meeting brought together persons from both the formal and informal sectors of the society to be sensitized on the operation of the Ghana Case Tracking System and the call for the passage of the Community service bill.
Speaking at the forum a Monitoring, Evaluation and learning specialist at the Legal Resources Center, Samuel Fant Kombian explained that in 2018, Ghana launched the first electronic Integrated Criminal Justice Case-Tracking System (CTS) a project that seeks to support key stakeholders in the justice delivery system to collect, collate and complement numerical data for effective justice delivery in Ghana.
He said the CTS project which is being supported by the USAID is to enable the key actors in the justice delivery system to electronically access and track the various stages of criminal cases from the point of arrest, investigations, prosecution, conviction, rehabilitation, and release.
Meanwhile a Rule of Law Specialist at the LRC Enock Jengre mentioned that the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), the implementation lead, and its sub-awardees are implementing a 2- year Activity with funding support from the USAID, the Activity which is captioned ‘USAID Justice Sector Support Activity’ is being implemented in forty (40) target Districts in seven (7) Regions, and it is aimed at ensuring that sidelined communities through mobilization and innovative public education programmes are aware of and supported to track the progress of the delivery of the Case Tracking System.
Some participants who took part in the town hall meeting thanked the LRC and partners for such an eye-opening forum. Hajia Sahadatu Yahaya said the event has thought her to be an advocate for an alternative dispute resolution. “Today I have learned that not every offense that we are supposed to send to court, therefore I am going to share everything I have learned here with my community members”.
Another participant, Alhassan Mumin mentioned that, with what he has learned, government and other relevant stakeholders should quicken the passing of the Community Service Bill as he explained that, “I believe when they pass this community service bill, it will reduce the burden on the money that government have to spend to be feeding the prisoners.”