The government of Ghana launched a tele-presence conferencing facility for the judiciary, to improve the work at Judicial Service at the Supreme Court building in Accra.
This was one of the phases in the e-government project phase one, being implemented by the Ministry of Communications and implemented by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA).
The facility would be used in training members of the judiciary and staff of other organizations overseas, without necessarily flying them out for the same programme. It would also be used as a facility for meetings among different sections of the staff across the country, which would reduce cost of transportation and risk of travelling among others.
The project that is also meant to be spread to Tamale, Kumasi and Takoradi will enable judges receive testimony and evidence from people living abroad. It would also increase the number of sitting days of judges from four days to five days and expedite cases.
“This will improve case management and to expedite justice delivery, especially at the Appeal Division, since management has set up additional courts of Appeal in Kumasi, Cape Coast, Koforidua and Tamale. Currently, these courts work four days in the week, that is Mondays to Thursdays and deliver judgments on Fridays,” Chief Justice Her Ladyship Mrs Justice Georgina Theodora Wood said during the opening.
These new developments in the judiciary are being spearheaded by Chinese technology firm, Huawei Technologies.