Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame and Minister for Justice has requested the Supreme Court to reduce the number of cases on its docket and consider only those that have merit in open court.
Mr. Godfred Yeboah Dame claims that “the time has come for the Supreme Court to reduce its caseload by prioritizing the types of cases it actually hears,” dismissing frivolous applications and cases “in chambers” without the need for an open court hearing. According to the Attorney General, such instances make up the majority of the cases heard by the court each year.
Mr. Godfred Yeboah Dame, speaking at the beginning of this year’s Bench, Bar, and Faculty Conference in Accra on Thursday, said that “only important cases with the potential of emerging in a change of law or with an extraordinary impact on society” should be considered.
He believes the Court’s rules should be changed to allow for this in order to make it more efficient and productive.
The leader of the Ghanaian Bar, speaking about the lessons acquired from COVID-19’s influence on justice delivery, suggested that “temporary improvements put in place as a result of the pandemic should be made a permanent feature of the justice delivery system.”
As a result, he believes that “virtual hearings of cases should become a regular component of our court system” in order to save money, and time, and improve efficiency.