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08.03.2006 Crime & Punishment

Judicial Service to run courses for court reporters

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Accra, March 8, GNA - The Judicial Service would soon run courses for journalists who cover the courts to help to upgrade their knowledge and skills in court reporting, Mr Justice George Kingsley Acquah, Chief Justice, said in Accra on Wednesday.

Speaking at the launch of the Ghana Monthly Law Reports, Mr Justice Acquah said the courses would not only help the reporters to write accurate reports, but would also "uplift the mantle of excellence in the administration of justice".

The Monthly Law Reports, in two volumes (January and February, 2006), are a collection of judgments of the Supreme and Appeal Courts. Mr Justice Acquah said it was gratifying to note that the publications, which would be on monthly basis, had come to stay. He commended the editors and publishers for their vision and foresight and expressed the hope that other public-spirited individuals would come out with similar publications to advance the course of justice and rule of law in the country.

Mr Femi Falana, Editor-in-Chief of the Reports who is also the President of West African Bar Association, commended the judicial system in Ghana for its competence.

Mr Falana said it was the ultimate aim of the publishers to ensure that the reports came out weekly.

Mr Paul Adu-Gyamfi, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Reports, and Chairman of the National Media Commission, thanked the Judicial Service and the Ghana Bar Association for their immense support, which, he said, had contributed to the success of the project. Complimentary copies were presented to the Ghana School of Law and the Law Faculties at the University of Ghana, Legon and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.

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