Shawbell Consulting Final Submission
Background to the Project
Institutions within the legal and justice sector are reportedly faced with weakened functionality as well as structural and institutional capacity challenges. These appear to have caused inefficiencies and led to low public confidence, limited accessibility, reduced quality of services, and delayed dispensation of justice especially for the vulnerable.
Integral to a democracy is respect and prevalence of the rule of law. This can be achieved by ensuring that a country’s justice sector functions efficiently in a manner that is easily accessible to the public. When the rule of law prevails, a country is more likely to be stable, just, and peaceful. The 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, specifically Chapter Five, establishes the significance of the rule of law and the right to justice for Ghanaian citizens. In order to achieve this mandate, the justice sector has made several reforms. However, even with such reforms, results from the 2012 Baseline Survey of the Justice Sector of Ghana illustrates that more changes need to be made.
In order to further Ghana’s development, it is necessary that the institutions under the justice and legal system function effectively, meaning that the staff at the various institutions need to be highly skilled and knowledgeable about the processes of their respective institutions. Thus, the development of
Standard Operating Procedures would make certain that each staff member is on the same page about the required standards of operations of their respective institutions and is equipped to bring them into fruition.
In light of these concerns, the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department has partnered the UNDP to commission this project to coordinate and develop standard operating procedures for the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department and its Agencies, namely: Legal Service Civil Division, Legal Service Legislative Drafting Division, the Law Reform Commission and the Council for Law Reporting.