Monday, 22 January 2018

Legal Aid Scheme in Ashanti record 1,313 cases

From Adwoa Okyere DARKO, Kumasi
The Legal Aid Scheme in the Ashanti Region saw a reduction in the number of cases recorded between July and December last year.

The cases handled included maintenance and custody, land disputes, estate and property dispute, debt recovery, contractual agreements and disagreements, marital, assault and manslaughter.
The Ashanti Regional Director of Legal Aid Scheme, Kwaku Frimpong, said the office received 1,313 cases during the period.
Out of that figure, 1,010 were civil cases and 177 were criminal cases.
He said 774 cases were resolved through Alternative Dispute Resolution while 36 were assigned to lawyers for resolution at the court of law.
According to Mr Frimpong, out of the 1,313 cases recorded, about 812 were received from females.
Also, within the period under consideration, the scheme recorded 16 juvenile cases.
Mr Frimpong explained that the increase in intestate and testate cases and its related issues were as a result of public awareness of the Intestate Succession Law, PNDC law 111.
According to him, many people are aware of their rights under the law, especially widows, children and customary successors.
Mr Frimpong noted that the intestate and testate cases were the highest of the number of cases recorded by his office in the second half of last year, with a figure of 266.
He said even though most of the disputants were satisfied with their performance, it came with attendant challenges, as the team of mediators had to go through difficulty in getting some of the cases resolved through other means, such as the engagement of some opinion leaders and religious leaders before reaching consensus on the cases mediated.
Mr Frimpong said a key challenge of his outfit is the lack of funds to support radio programmes and outreach activities in rural communities.
He appealed for a new vehicle to help in the smooth administration of the scheme in the Ashanti Region.

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