The lack of adequate skills and resources for judges to handle cybercrime cases is of great concern, the Chief Justice, Gertrude Torkornoo has observed.
Justice Torkornoo, has, therefore called for the adoption of relevant digital laws to assist in building the capacity of the Judiciary in this regard.
She said this when a delegation from the Joint Cyber Security Committee (JCC) and the Cyber Security Authority (CSA), paid a courtesy call on her.
The delegation, led by the Director-General of the CSA, Dr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako, was to discuss with the new Chief Justice pertinent issues affecting the Judicial Service as a member of the Joint Cybersecurity Committee (JCC).
The visit was part of the plan of the JCC to touch base with its members as well as other institutions to explain its activities.
The JCC, established pursuant to Section 13 of the Cyber Security Act, 2020 (Act 1038), comprises eighteen (18) institutions mandated to collaborate with the CSA and the private sector for the implementation of relevant cyber security measures in Ghana.
The Judiciary is represented on the JCC by Justice Afia Serwaa Asare Botwe, a Justice of the Court of Appeal.
Welcoming the delegation, Justice Torkornoo commended the Judiciary for the role they play in interpreting and enforcing the laws governing the cyberspace, despite the challenges they face with regards to the ever-changing cybersecurity industry.
Touching on the state of the IT infrastructure of the Judicial Service, Justice Torkornoo expressed concerns about the lack of standardization and interoperability of IT systems and potential cyber-attacks that could undermine the integrity and availability of the Judicial Service’s infrastructure.
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