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Uses and Users of Justice in Africa : The Case of Ghana's Specialised Courts

ABBREVIATIONS ACCESS TO JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNALS ADR ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION ANNUAL REPORT ANNUAL REPORTS APPELLATE COURTS ARBITRATION ARRANGEMENTS BAILIFFS BIBLIOGRAPHY CASE MANAGEMENT CIVIL PROCEDURE CLAIMANTS COMMERCIAL COURT COMMERCIAL COURTS COMMERCIAL DISPUTES COMMON LAW COMMON LAW SYSTEM CONSTITUTIONAL COURT CONTENTS CORRUPTION COURT COURT INFRASTRUCTURE COURT JUDGMENTS COURT OF APPEAL COURT PERSONNEL COURT PROCESS COURT PROCESSES COURT REGISTRIES COURT REGISTRY COURT SETTLEMENT COURT STATISTICS COURT SYSTEM COURT SYSTEMS COURTS CRIMES CRIMINAL CRIMINAL CASES CUSTOMARY LAW DEBT PAYMENTS DEFAULT JUDGMENT DEFAULT JUDGMENTS DEFAULTERS DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS DESCRIPTION DISMISSAL DISPOSITION DISPUTE RESOLUTION MECHANISMS DISTRICT COURTS DOCUMENTS DOMAIN DOMINANCE ELECTIONS ENFORCEMENT OF JUDGMENT ENFORCEMENT OF JUDGMENTS ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES ENTRY ESTATE FAMILIES FAMILY LAW FEMALE FEMALES FILING FINAL JUDGMENT FINANCIAL LAW FINANCIAL SERVICES FOREIGN EXCHANGE FORMAL COURT FRAUD GENDER GOOD GOVERNANCE HOME HUMAN RIGHTS INDEPENDENT AUDITOR INVESTOR CONFIDENCE JUDGE JUDGEMENT JUDGEMENTS JUDGES JUDGMENTS JUDICIAL BODIES JUDICIAL CORRUPTION JUDICIAL INSTITUTIONS JUDICIAL POWERS JUDICIAL REFORM JUDICIAL REFORM EFFORTS JUDICIAL REFORMS JUDICIAL SECTOR JUDICIAL SERVICE JUDICIAL STAFF JUDICIAL SYSTEM JUDICIAL TRAINING JUDICIARIES JUDICIARY JURISDICTION JURISDICTIONS JUSTICE JUSTICE SYSTEM JUSTICES LAWS LAWYERS LEGAL AID LEGAL PERSONS LEGAL PROCESS LEGAL REPRESENTATION LEGAL SERVICES LEGAL SYSTEM LEGISLATION LIBERTY LITIGATION MAGISTRATES MEDIATORS MONETARY VALUES OFFENCES PAYMENT OF COSTS PLEADINGS POLICE POSSESSION PRISONS PROCUREMENT PUBLIC CONFIDENCE PUBLISHING RECEIVERSHIPS RECORD KEEPING REFORM MEASURE REPOSSESSION RESEARCHERS RESOLUTION OF DISPUTES RESTRUCTURING OF DEBT RULE OF LAW RULES OF COURT SALE OF PROPERTY SETTLEMENT SETTLEMENT PROCEDURE STATEMENT OF CLAIM UNAUTHORIZED DISPOSITION USER USERS WEBSITE WEBSITES WILL WITNESSES WRIT OF SUMMONS
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World Bank
Africa | Ghana
2012-03-19T10:25:10Z | 2012-03-19T10:25:10Z | 2010-07-01

This research project involves the tracking of the progress of cases in Ghana's specialized courts. It seeks to provide data that are not usually available for a scientific assessment of the performance of the courts in Ghana. The project, therefore, captures information on the persons and institutions who use the courts in Ghana; what these claimants come to court for; the difficulties they encounter in the process; and the value added by recent court reforms in resolving these problems. Further analysis of this information is then used to make specific and targeted recommendations for improving overall adjudicatory effectiveness. The project is similar to other World Bank studies in many respects. It is premised on a general belief that, almost everywhere, courts struggle to deliver quick, effective, accessible, and efficient justice. The huge disconnect between intention and reality is due to a number of factors, namely, the cost of litigation-an issue which bears directly on access to justice; unprecedented delays in case processing; real and perceived corruption within the courts and increasing uncertainty associated with judges' rulings. Delays, generally defined as unreasonable time spent from case filing and processing to case disposition, stand out amongst the list of problems. There is, therefore, a recognized challenge that the judicial sector in Ghana is currently incapable of providing speedy justice, a critical ingredient for public and investor confidence in the justice system.

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