New Year School Praise Judges Appointments

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New Year School
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In order to ensure that judges appointed to the various courts have the requisite experience and competencies, the Judicial Council should be given absolute authority in their appointments, 70th Annual New School and Conference, has recommended.

A communique issued at the end of the 70th Annual New Year School and Conference suggested that the Judicial Service should be allowed to retain 100 per cent of its internally Generated Funds (IGF) to finance their operations in order to offset delays in the release of their budgetary allocations.

It proposed that Constitutional Anti-Corruption bodies should be well resourced and their appointed heads be given a fixed term of office to guarantee their independence from political influence.

It said the Office of the Special Prosecutor must be provided with adequate human and financial resources to enable the office to become fully operational, declaring that “the timely release of funds should be ensured for his operations”.

It recommended that independent governance institutions such as the Electoral Commission, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice and National Commission for Civic Education must be well resourced and budgetary allocations released well in time to enable them play their respective constitutional roles more effectively.

It said the Ministry of Education through the Ghana Education Service should revise the basic and secondary education curricula to incorporate constitutional and anti-corruption studies to inculcate desirable ethical standards and civic responsibility in the future generation.

The 70th Annual New Year School and Conference, which took place from January 14 to 18, was held under the theme: “Building Strong Institutions for Democratic Consolidation in Ghana”.

It was organised by the School of Continuing and Distance Education of the College of Education, University of Ghana, in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.

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