Fifteen cases for judgment by ECOWAS Court over three weeks

Fifteen cases are scheduled for judgment over the next three weeks by the ECOWAS Court of Justice following the resumption of court sessions suspended on 20th March 2020 in response to the outbreak of the Covic-19 pandemic, according to the current cause list for the period 22nd June to 10th July 2020 released by the Court.

The judgments will bring the number of judgments delivered by the Court since January 2020 to 19.

The Court will also deliver one Ruling during the period while the remaining 18 cases, including one by Counsellor Kabineh Muhammad Ja’neh, a former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia contesting his removal from office, will be heard.

Ahead of the resumption of sessions through virtual technology, the Court has installed the necessary infrastructure and undertaken stakeholders training.

In this regard, the President of the Court, Justice Edward Amoako Asante said the Court has approved a Practice Direction on Electronic Case Management and Virtual Court session, a Manual Guide on the use of Zoom for virtual court sessions and Lawyers Guidelines for Virtual Court sessions.

“We were on our way to make a significant dent in the number of pending cases which stood at 139 as at 19th of June 2020 but for the three-month disruption caused by the Coronavirus which affected our momentum,” the president said.