Story by Enock Akonnor firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents of Atonsu-Bokuro have been carried through a day’s public education on Ghana’s electronic integrated criminal justice Case-Tracking System (CTS).
It was organised on Thursday 12th May 2022 and steered by executives of Muslim Family Counseling Services (MFCS) through a collaboration with officials of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), Africa (an implementing partner of the USAID Justice Sector Support Activity).
Participants constituted traditional leaders, traders, persons with disabilities, representatives of the local government, religious leaders among other stakeholders.
The objective centered on increasing participants’ awareness and understanding on the CTS and encourage the citizenry to advocate for the effective utilization of the system.
Facilitator Tijani Mahmoud (Programmes Manager for MFCS) in a lead presentation schooled audience on what the software project (CTS) seeks to achieve, why its inclusion in Ghana’s Justice Delivery System, benefits, why the need for advocacy, what an individual can do to promote the project etc.
He enlightened that the CTS is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and was launched by the Government of Ghana in 2018.
Aside CTS, officials equipped participants with knowledge on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) ; an alternative and legal means of settling civil or certain criminal disputes outside the courtroom.
Social Welfare Director for Asokwa Municipality Dickson Frimpong did a presentation on the foregoing and among others things challenged residents of the area on why they must choose ADR over the usual court system.
Platform was created by organizers for participants to demand from officials clarifications on issues discussed at the forum.
Speaking at the event, Asokwa District Police Commander Supt. Owoahene Akyeampong applauded the initiative (CTS), admitting that the software is enhancing the delivery of the police in his jurisdiction.
Addressing the media after his presentation, he expatiated that the CTS has reduced the workload of the police since it has made monitoring of criminal cases less laborious.
He however underlined challenges including unreliable lighting system, weak power storage ability of batteries of some CTS devices, deficient technical know-how in the handling of the software on the part of some police officials among others.
He therefore called on implementing partners to expose police office to more capacity building programs on the utilization of the CTS software.