The President of the ECOWAS Court, Honorable Justice Edward Asante, has challenged staff to work with the new judges in charting a  new path for the Court that is driven by professionalism, accountability and excellence.

“We are irrevocably committed to charting a new part that will place  the Court on a higher pedestal in order to bequeath a legacy of  performance and effectiveness that enriches its jurisprudence,” he said while opening the Court’s 10th judicial retreat in Goshen near Abuja.

He emphasized the need for synergy and urged the staff to strive  towards rendering quality services to the judges through the display  of excellence, accountability, and professionalism to enable the Court dispense justice efficiently for the benefit of Community citizens. 

The President reiterated the commitment of the judges, who assumed  duty on 27th August 2018, to drive the implementation of improved processes in the Court that will promote efficiency and effectiveness  of the Court and improve its capacity to meet the expectations of its stakeholders. 

The Court also expressed optimism about the potential impact of the  planned deployment of a digital case management system and the launch of the Court’s new website, which were presented during the preceding 7th retreat of the judges at the same venue. The case management b system has features to allow the online filing of cases by parties  while the web site will improve access to the Court and its  visibility. 

The Chief Registrar of the Court, Mr. Tony Anene-Maidoh, presented the objective  of the retreat which is basically to apprise the new judges  and their Executive Assistants to the  jurisprudence of the Court for the 14 years covered in the theme. 

He added that the retreat will ensure a clearer understanding of the  jurisprudence of the Court and its judicial mandate. 

The Chief Registrar said the presentations will be made under six  sub themes namely Access to Court, Jurisdiction of the Court, Human  Rights Mandate of the Court, the Community Legal Order, Practices and Procedure, and Enforcement of Judgment of the Court/External  Relations. 

Participants are expected to exchange views on issues relating to the  selected topics, and proffer ways of improving the effectiveness of  the Court for the benefit of the Community citizens. 

The four day retreat is on the theme The Jurisprudence of the Court of  Justice: From 2004 to 2018. 

The new judges include its President, Honorable Justice Edward Amoako Asante (Ghana), the Vice President, Honorable Justice Gberi Be Ouattara (Cote d’Ivoire), both of which were elected for a two year  term. 

Also in attendance are Honorable Justices Dupe Atoki (Nigeria),  Keikura Bangura (Sierra Leone); and Januaria Silva Moreira Costa (Cabo Verde).