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Regional Justice Ministers meet in Benin

18 March 2014, 07:44Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Chief Justices of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member states were scheduled to meet later on Tuesday in Cotonou, Benin Republic to agree on mechanisms for improving the enforcement of national courts of laws that strengthen regional integration.

“The one-day meeting under the auspices of the eight-year-old Community Judicial Council would also agree measures for promoting cooperation among national judiciaries with a view to streamlining the judicial systems to facilitate intra-community enforcement of court processes, decisions and effective criminal investigation,” a statement from the commission head office in Abuja said.

The regional bloc added that the current council session was also expected to propose measures to ensure greater respect for the rule of law in member states as well as improve judicial services, ensure greater independence for the judiciary and improve relations with the other arms of government.

“This will be preceded by the meeting of the ad-hoc committee to interview candidates for a vacant slot in the Community Court,” ECOWAS stated.

ECOWAS Commission Vice President, Dr Toga McIntosh, the host Chief Justice of Benin and the Chairman of the Council, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ivory Coast, will address the meetings.

– CAJ News

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