The President of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, Hon Justice Edward Amoako Asante ,led this out in his opening address at a three-day judicial retreat of the ECOWAS Court of Justice on the theme Case Management before ECOWAS Court of Justice: Relationship between the Registry Department, the Chambers of the Honourable Judges and the Legal Research Departments in Nasarawa State, north central Nigeria.
Justice Amoako Asante stressed the importance of the judicial retreat which is an annual activity of the Court, stating that it gives judges and key staff of the registry, legal research and support departments, an opportunity to “review the performance of the Court and proffer solutions to perceived gaps to ensure a more effective discharge of its mandate.”
He said that the retreat focuses on four issues specific to the Court namely: special forms of proceedings, judgments of the Court and its execution; service of legal documents on the parties and their dispatch to the honourable judges; the role of the chief registrar, deputy registrar and other registrars in the case management process; and the role of the registry and legal research department in support of the judge rapporteur.
Asante also proposed the integration of the communication unit in the case management system workflow to enhance its reportage of cases and court sessions in order to keep the citizens informed about the activities of the Court.
He equally applauded the recent recruitment of staff to strengthen the language services unit which in the past threatened the effective functioning of the Court that functions in three languages of the Community – English, French and Portuguese.
“Through your individual and collective contributions, you will help realise the hopes and aspirations of its estimated 300 million citizens for their socio-economic wellbeing through the integration of the economies of its 15 Member States,” he added.