The Attorney General (AG) of Ghana was created in 1877 and is responsible for protecting the rule of law in Ghana, including criminal law. It exists to oversee an efficient and transparent legal system, and helps ensure that all citizens have equality of access to justice. This position of duty means that any civil proceedings against the State can be actioned against the AG as Defendant.
ARAP supports the AG by providing technical assistance and capacity development, equipping it with key tools to effectively conduct prosecutions throughout the country. Dialogue with the Attorney General Department and particularly the Public Prosecution Division (PPD) has resulted in three main areas of ARAP collaboration: information management (particularly case registry), prosecution capacity development (particularly corruption cases); and inter-agency coordination (with other prosecution and investigation agencies).
This line of work is very much in line with the Government of Ghana’s strategic outlook on digitisation.
Capacity to Prosecute Criminal Cases
The AG leads and authorises all prosecutions in Ghana, which is a crucial link in the anti-corruption chain. To strengthen its capacity, strategies are developed to guide and monitor other prosecutors and implement the Supreme Court rulings. Manuals and trainings are delivered to strengthen its capacity to prosecute all forms of offences.
Criminal and Civil Case Management
Improved Information Management Systems are powerful instruments for a more accountable, transparent and open government, and better informed decision-making processes.
ARAP is supporting the development of a tool to digitise criminal and civil case dockets, from registration to completion.
Inter - Agency Coordination
ARAP supports the strategy development and implementation for monitoring prosecutions conducted on behalf of the AG. Coordination between investigative bodies and other agencies are also assessed.