CJ: I’ll help improve prisoners’ rights
Chief Justice (CJ) Georgina Theodora Wood has said she will use every legitimate means to ensure an improvement in prisoners’ rights, even after she retires in June.
Mrs Wood said this when she participated in her last Justice for All Programme on Friday 5 May at the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons.
The Justice for All Programme is a special in-prison court sitting for remand prisoners and prisoners whose trials are unreasonably delayed. It is aimed at decongesting the prisons.
“Wherever I find myself after retirement, I’ll use my legitimate powers to advocate an improvement in prisoner rights. I say ‘legitimate’ because I’m not going to interfere with what happens in the court but [offer] useful ideas which can help us to improve upon the system,” she stated.
“It is the state’s duty to ensure that their rights as prisoners, whether on remand or as convicts, are protected and defended, and it’s unfortunate that we as a country have not been able to achieve this and even more unfortunate that we have had to depend on donor support to bring some measure of relief to some of them,” she added.
Some 57 cases were heard during Friday’s sitting.