Thursday, August 20, 2009

Attorney -General moves to attract more lawyers

Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mrs Betty Mould-Iddrisu has hinted of plans to improve conditions at her department in order to attract and retain more lawyers to facilitate the department’s work.She said this is also necessary to ensure that justice delivery in the country is streamlined.This was contained in an address read on her behalf at the third Conference of Regional Heads of the Attorney-General’s Department in Kumasi.In an address, the Ashanti Regional President of the Ghana Bar Association called for skills upgrade for police prosecutors to ensure effective justice delivery. The association believes a lack of proper orientation and the requisite legal skills for police prosecutors has led to the loss of cases, which could otherwise have been won by the state. President of the association, Sir Denis Adjei told the third Conference of Regional Heads of the Attorney General’s Department in Kumasi, that government must train prosecutors on the job. He said the A-G must improve the capacities of police prosecutors as failure to do so will only spur the vicious cycle of injustice.“Most police prosecutors… do not receive regular training from the A-G’s department. Inexperienced prosecution is likely to breed injustice,” he said.

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