As part of attempts to bring the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice (CCJ) closer to Ghanaians, the court will convene an external session in Ghana from March 21 to April 1.
The external court session will take place in the Law Court Complex in Accra, with the five Justices of the CCJ hearing 60 cases, one of which is related to Ghana and the other 25 of which are awaiting judgment.
External court sessions, according to the CCJ’s President, Justice Edward Amoako Asante, have been a regular feature of the court since 2007, allowing it to go from its headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, to any of the 15 member states to rule on matters.
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The CCJ is the principal legal arm of ECOWAS, clothed with the mandate to provide relief for citizens of the 15 ECOWAS member states whose human rights, as enshrined in the ECOWAS Treaty, protocols and other international conventions, have been violated by their countries.
It also has jurisdiction to interpret the ECOWAS Treaty and protocols, resolve disputes between member states and any institution of ECOWAS, as well as disputes between member states in relation to the application of the ECOWAS Treaty and protocols.