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Residents of Sampa, in the northern district of Jaman, Bono region, hailed the Case Tracking System (CTS) project and called for its effective implementation to monitor suspected criminals hiding in communities border.

Launched in 2018, the CTS is an integrated software that tracks criminal cases in the justice system from inception to resolution.

Supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the implementation of the pilot project, among other objectives, aims to provide a common platform to facilitate the monitoring of cases and communication between judicial institutions. .

At a public sensitization meeting on the CTS, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and justice delivery system, in Sampa, on the Ghana-Cote d’Ivoire border, residents said that the CTS would give them relevant information about suspected criminals to support the police in tracking them down.

The meeting was organized with the support of USAID, the Commonwealth Rights Initiative (CHRI), a non-governmental organization, in collaboration with MIHOSO International Foundation, its local partner.

In attendance were traditional authorities, teachers, artisans, market women and assembly members.
Many locals who spoke at an open forum noted that Sampa was experiencing rapid population growth and becoming cosmopolitan due to its proximity to neighboring Ivory Coast and consequently turning into a haven for criminals.

“There are unapproved routes to enter Côte d’Ivoire, so Sampa and its surroundings become a hiding place for suspected criminals as they can easily flee and hide in the neighboring country,” said Mr. John Aseidu, a participant. , to the Ghana News Agency.

“We meet all kinds of people with strange characters but who are you to question them because we share a common border and trade with our Ivorian neighbors,” said Mr. Mensah Gyan, staff member of the Northern District Assembly of Jaman.

Mr. Albert Agyei Oppong, a clerk of the Sampa District Court, expressed concern about the increase in traffic violation cases in the region, which is increasing the workload of the district court.

He said the court building was still overcrowded due to limited space and called on the Assembly to facilitate his process of relocating to the new building.

Addressing the use of ADR, Mr. Oppong reminded residents that court proceedings are always expensive and urged them to opt for ADR mechanisms in settling petty crimes.

Mr. Thomas Benarkuu, Director of Programs at MIHOSO, said CHRI through the NGO is implementing the case tracking system in the municipalities of Jaman Sud, Sunyani Ouest and Berekum, as well as in Jaman Nord in the Bono region.

He called on all to develop interest and support the implementation of the project to promote transparency and accountability and generate instant crime reports to guide and make decisions.

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