“The lizard that jumped from the high iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no one else did – Chinua Achebe” (Things Fall Apart)

Although there’s no denying the description of the year 2017 as a nerve-racking one, it’s been a year that recorded very remarkable successes in the face of multiple constraints for our sector by dint of hard work, commitment and dedication of our Minister, Deputy Ministers, Management and the entire staff of the sector.

The efforts of the Attorney General’s Department saved the country millions of dollars when it ensured Ghana’s victory in the three year landmark maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Cote D’ivoire at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).

It’s a ruling that will certainly lead to momentous prospecting and development of Ghana’s oil and gas sector

In a bid to curb corruption, the ministry drafted the Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill, conducted a stakeholders’ consultative workshop and got Parliament to pass it. The passage of the bill will not only strengthen rule of law but boost investor confidence in our country.

As part of  ongoing reforms in the legal and justice system, the Ministry launched knowledge products – Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); Change Management Strategy and Training Plan. Officers were duly trained in the use of the SOPs – which will among others; enhance transparency in service delivery of justice.

The Civil Division of the Office of the Attorney General duly represented the state in 221 civil litigations in the various courts. It further handled 208 petitions and 106 international cases. A total of 75 agreements were reviewed.

The state in the case of Alfred Agbesi Woyome versus The Republic of Ghana successfully defended arbitration proceedings against the government of Ghana at the International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Center (ICC) in the United States of America demanding 100 million euros from the government of Ghana. A cost of 5000 dollars was eventually awarded against the claimant.

The Drafting division of the ministry has successfully drafted the Right to information Bill, Whistleblowers (Amendment) Bill 2017 among others. These bills have been submitted to cabinet for approval.

Passage of the amended whistleblowers Bill by Parliament will increase public reporting of corrupt practices whilst the right to information bill when passed will increase access to information.

The Prosecution division of the Ministry has also initiated and prosecuted over 554 cases in the various courts across the country. It made 72 extradition requests to the International Cooperation Units and extradited 26 people to various countries.

The Registrar General’s Department has successfully launched the e-Certificates for ease of registering businesses. The department also generated an amount of GH₵58,798.242.44 as of October 2017 out of the proposed GH₵60,671,577.68 for the year 2017.

The Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) has also recovered an amount of GH₵1, 136,354.54 from proceeds of crime and paid same to EOCO exhibit accounts.

The same year under review saw the General Legal Council (Ghana School of Law) successfully automating students’ records whilst the Law Reform Commission among others, worked on recommendations for the amendment of sections of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29).

Finally, the Copyright Office has also carried out a training workshop for over one thousand (1000) police recruits in Accra and Koforidua to sensitize them on copyrights and its related issues.

I wish to commend the editorial team for their self motivation and passion displayed in piecing together this fantastic edition of our Newsletter which for the first time reflects major activities of our indefatigable Minister and happenings in agencies under the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice