A three-day workshop involving key officials of the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS to discuss the strategies for improving the management of the cases filed before the Court in order to promote greater synergy and efficiency in the management of cases opens in Abuja on Friday, 24th June 2016. ‘

We believe there are additional possibilities that can be explored in improving the efficiency of the Court in the management of our cases in order to satisfy the expectations of ECOWAS citizens from the Court as the ultimate refuge for the defence of their human rights,’ the Chief Registrar of the Court, Mr Tony Anene-Maidoh said.

He added that the recommendations of the workshop is expected to assist the Court in streamlining its processes and procedures based on the experiences of staff and consistent with best practices for the efficient delivery of justice for the benefit of parties.

Judges of the Court will be joined by staff of the registry and research departments in the workshop, which will reflect on various dimensions of the Court’s case load management system, including the lodgement, processing and service of applications as well as representation before the Court.

Participants will also review the Court’s written and oral procedures particularly the composition of panels, the appointment of Judge Rapporteur, the responsibilities of the Judge Rapporteur and the relationship between the Judge Rapporteur and the registry and research departments.

They will also discuss the prospects for special forms of procedure taking cognisance of the specificities of the Court and its experience over the 15 years of its establishment. The workshop was preceded by a retreat of the judges of the Court, which was dominated mainly by administrative and professional issues for improving the effectiveness of the Court in line with its mandate as the regional Court for the interpretation of Community texts as well as the protection of the human rights of citizens.

It will be opened by the new President of the Court, Honorable Justice Jérôme Traoré.