The President of the ECOWAS Court, Honorable Justice Edward Asante has pledged to work towards the consolidation of the achievements of the Court during the tenure of the new judges who assumed duty on 27th August 2018 for a four year non-renewable term.

‘Our ultimate goal is to consolidate on the achievements of the Court chart new path for making the Court stronger and more efficient for the benefit of the millions of West Africans, who as of right, are the automatic patrons of the Court in the pursuit of justice in respect of the violations of their fundamental human rights that has become the mainstay of the Court,’ he said on Monday, 22nd October 2018 at the opening of a two day retreat of the judges.

Honorable Justice Asante characterized the 7th judges retreat and the subsequent 10th Judicial retreat as a ‘precursor to the resumption  of hearings by the Court with the first cases slated to be heard from 30th October 2018 as we begin the process of hearing the cases inherited from our predecessors in addition to those filed since our assumption

The President added: ‘The resumption of hearing is the outward manifestation of our determination and resolve to provide service to the citizens for which we were retained by the Community.’

He described the theme of the retreat, Strengthening the ECOWAS Court of Justice, as apt coming against the backdrop of the ‘challenges faced by the Court, mainly the reduction in the number of the judges from seven to five which inexorably will affect its effectiveness and the increasing demand for justice exemplified by the exponential increase in the number of cases.

Four presentations are scheduled to be made during the retreat mainly on the Court’s digital case management system; the 2019 draft budget; adjournments, stakeholders and the image of the Court as well as a general presentation on the rules of procedure of the Court.