Access to legal information has received a major boost as the Judicial Service commissions Ghana’s first legal web library.
The legal web library is the product of a partnership between the Judiciary, the Judicial Service and the Council for Law Reporting with the support of the European Union through the Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-corruption Programme (ARAP).
It provides a comprehensive collection of national legislation, judicial decisions, supporting rules and regulations and judicial commentaries accessible to judges, magistrates, the Bar and all the actors working in the criminal justice sector.
In her speech, the EU Ambassador to Ghana Diana Acconcia emphasized that access to reliable legal information is one of the cornerstones of access to justice. She said in an increasingly digital world, it is of great essence for all justice sector institutions to have a web-based library to enhance prompt access to legal documents.
The Chief Justice His lordship Kwasi Anin-Yeboah said the launch of the web-based library is a giant step in the ongoing efforts to harness technology to improve the delivery of justice in the country. The Chief Justice added that “previous efforts such as the Electronic Case Management System, Electronic Case Distribution System and the current e_justice are evidence of our commitment towards this aim”.
The five-year ARAP programme has ended with the NCCE, the Police Service, Environmental Protection Agency, CHRAJ, EOCO and the Judicial Service being some of the major beneficiaries.
It has streamlined and enhance efforts by the beneficiary institutions to fight corruption and promote environmental governance.
ARAP has also enhanced the capacity of the public, the media and CSOs to hold government accountable.