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alt CHIEF REGISTRAR CALLS FOR CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR FUNCTIONING OF ECOWAS COURT


The Chief Registrar of the ECOWAS Court, Mr Tony Anene-Maidoh has stressed the need for the creation of a ‘conducive environment for the functioning of the court’  in recognition of its peculiarities as an international judicial institution whose operations should be informed by best practices.



“ It is of utmost importance that the Honorable Judges of the Court are given a conducive environment to discharge their functions including security of tenure, reasonable length of tenure, sufficient number of judges, conducive office and necessary support staff,” he said in a presentation at the 9th Judicial retreat of the Court at Goshen city near Abuja.

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alt  ECOWAS COURT PRESIDENT URGES JEALOUS DEFENCE OF  ITS INDEPENDENCE


The President of the ECOWAS Court of Justice on Saturday wrapped up the institution’s annual judicial retreat  with a clarion call for the court to ‘jealously guide its independence’  in the face of the ongoing institutional reform by the community that will adversely affects  its capacity to discharge its four-fold mandate.



Envisaged under the reform, unveiled during the June statutory meetings of the Community in Monrovia, is the reduction of the number of judges of the court from seven to five.

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alt  WEST AFRICAN COURT FROWNS AT PROPOSAL TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ITS JUDGES

The President of the ECOWAS Court of Justice, Honorable Justice Jerome Traore has frowned at a proposal to reduce the number of  the court’s judges from seven to five as part of a cost saving institutional reform being pursued by the Community as this is incongruous with the burgeoning demands of Community citizens on the Court.



“It is a paradox that this was the time chosen to proceed with a reduction in the number of judges from seven currently, to only five, if the envisaged reforms were implemented, “ the President said of the proposal which was unveiled during the recent mid-year statutory meetings of the Community held in June 2017 in Monrovia.

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COURT FIXES 26 OCTOBER 2017 TO RULE ON WHETHER IT HAS JURISDICATION TO HEAR A CASE DECIDED BY NATIONAL COURT


alt   The ECOWAS Court of Justice on Wednesday, 28th June 2017 fixed 26 October, 2017 to rule on whether it has jurisdiction to entertain a case decided by a national court of a Member State relating to the alleged violation of human rights.



In suit No:ECW/CCJ/APP/08/15 the government of Liberia is arguing that the ECOWAS Court cannot hear the case brought by Finance Investment and Development Corporation Inc (FIDC) against the government over the payment of 15.9 million dollars to the corporation awarded by a national court because of its pendency at the Supreme Court.

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