The Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Ghanaian Criminal Justice System

An analysis of police crime statistics by the African Institute for Crime, Policy and Governance Research has revealed low rates of criminal prosecutions in Ghana. The analysis covered 2012 to 2019, and showed that, with the exception of 2015, less than 20% of criminal cases were prosecuted in any given year.

Over the 8-year period, 2019 recorded the lowest prosecution rate of 11%. Of the cases prosecuted, not more than 40% were disposed by the courts in a given year. Again, 2015 was an exception: 46.8% of prosecuted cases were disposed off. However, the evidence shows high rates of convictions: up to 95% .

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