A telepresence video conferencing equipment to serve as a virtual courtroom setting for the Judicial Service has been unveiled to make for the expeditious adjudication of justice in the country.
The initiative falls under the e-Ghana Phase One Project which seeks to develop and expand ICT products and services to facilitate inter-governmental communication and efficient delivery of government services to the public.
Twenty-five pieces of such equipment have already been provided to some public institutions under the project, spearheaded by the Ministry of Communications and implemented by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA).
The Chief Justice, Mrs Georgina Theodora Wood, who unveiled the facility in Accra yesterday, stated that evidence, judgements and other testimonies could be taken remotely via the facility from witnesses living abroad.
She explained that it would also improve case management, especially at the Appeal Division, in view of the establishment of courts of Appeal in Kumasi, Cape Coast, Koforidua and Tamale, as those courts worked four days in a week.
“With this facility, the sitting days will increase from four to five days, with judgement delivered via this facility to the regions from Accra because additional facilities will be set up in Tamale, Kumasi and Takoradi,” Mrs Justice Wood stressed.
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In the course of the year, NITA and Huawei Technologies will set up three more of such facilities at the Judicial Service offices in Tamale, Kumasi and Takoradi as part of efforts for the service to expand its communication tentacles countrywide.
The Communications Minister, Dr Edward Omane-Boamah, said the project was in line with the government’s vision of ensuring that ICT served as a catalyst for national development.
He disclosed that following negotiations between the government and the World Bank, $5 million had been allocated to the Judicial Service and the Ministry of Justice under phase 2 of the project.
By Sebastian Syme/Daily Graphic/Ghana