Ghana Reforms, Restructures Legal System
Separation of Justice Ministry from AG
Accra, March 5, GNA - The government will be examining the way forward for the separation of the functions between the Minister of Justice and the Attorney-General, Dr Kwabena Duffuor, Minister for Finance told Parliament on Thursday.
Presenting the 2009 Budget, Dr Duffuor said the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General's Department would focus on actions aimed at further strengthening the promotion of the rule of law and respect for human rights and good governance.
The Ministry and its Departments and Agencies made some progress aimed at achieving some of the targets set for the year 2008. These include the development of an Annual Work Plan (AWP) to engender change in five key areas, namely Attitudinal, Infrastructural, Technological, Personnel and Institutional, aimed at improving the image of the Attorney-General's Department and access to justice and undertook a Justice For All programme which has so far offered prisoners on remand as well as those who may have found themselves there by reason of miscarriage of justice further access to justice at no cost.
In the case the General Legal Council, Dr Duffuor said the Council had enrolled and called to the Ghana Bar 136 Lawyers.
The Council's Disciplinary Committee disposed of 15 out of 32 complaints of professional misconduct against Lawyers. The Minister said the Office of the Legal Aid Scheme resolved 60 per cent of 7,500 approved cases nation-wide and established twenty-three Community Mediation Centres (CMCs). The Scheme also trained 40 community mediators and continued with the public education and awareness creation. In addition, the Minister said the Final reports on recommendations for the review of the Rent Act, 1963 (Act 220) was before the Rent Review Committee. The Restorative Justice & Alternatives to Custodial Sentencing is also before the Research and Policy Committee.