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Sep 30, 2011

Ghana’s Judiciary Ranks High In Africa


Mrs. Justice Georgina, Theodora Wood the Chief Justice has announced that the Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has ranked Ghana’s Judiciary seventh out of 53 countries and fourth in terms of rule of law in its 2010 performance index of African countries. 

She said the ranking has therefore elevated Ghana’s Judiciary as one of the foremost on the African continent in terms of judicial independence and rule of law adding that Ghana is proud of this achievement.

     The Chief Justice, made this known at the 32rd Annual General Meeting of the Association of Magistrates and Judges of Ghana (AMJG) in Accra. 

    The theme for this year’s meeting dubbed “Building a Strong Judiciary – Performing Our Constitutional Mandate” is to deepen discussion on issues required by the Judiciary to discharge its duty as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution. 

      She said the Judiciary being instrumental for justice delivery and enforcement of the law, plays a significant role in governance and the task of maintaining law and order as well as securing peace and stability.    

 Mrs. Justice Wood said members of the Judiciary need to understand that it is a public entity in which the general public has a stake in terms of transparency, efficiency and integrity adding that her administration is determined to build a trustworthy and robust judiciary initiated by her predecessors.

        Mr. Justice Joseph Akamba, an Appeal Court Judge and President of the Association, called on judges to constantly research and be committed to learning and be abreast with the law.

 Ghana commended for promoting Gender Parity

 The World Bank has commended the government for its efforts at creating an enabling environment for women to participate actively in socio-economic development.

 According to a report published by the bank on its websites, Ghana is one of the seven countries in the Sub-Sahara Africa to have made reforms aimed at gender parity in the past one year and added that the decisions had affected the development of women, businesses and the law in general.

 The other economies, it said, included Botswana, Kenya, Mauritania, Rwanda, South Africa, and Uganda.

 The report, which was a research conducted between June 2009 to March 2011 in 141 economies around the world, was titled ‘‘Women, Business and Law: Creating economic opportunity for women’’

 According to the reports, only 36 governments, including that of Ghana, had made efforts aimed at reforming their legislations towards gender parity. ‘‘Since June 2009, the report identified 41 changes in laws and regulations that could enhance economic opportunities for women in 36 economies out of the 141 surveyed,’’

 Globally, it said women represented 49.6 per cent of the world’s population but only 40.8 per cent of them work in the formal sector and attributed the gap to the legal differences between men and women.

 According to the bank, the report indicated that economies with greater legal differentiation between men and women had, on the average, lower female participation in the formal labour force.

 The report measured things like women’s ability to sign contracts, travel abroad, manage properties, and interact with public authorities and the private sector.

 It stated. ‘‘In 23 economies, married women cannot be legally recognized as head of households,’’

Source: ISD