Virtue Foundation Institute’s Judicial Training in Ghana

Virtue Foundation Institute for Innovation and Philanthropy in Ghana supports successful Lawyers Without Borders Judicial Training in Accra, Ghana.

With a grant from the Virtue Foundation Institute for Innovation and Philanthropy in Ghana and financial and logistics support from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB) implemented a three-day judicial training led by 11 judge- and attorney-trainers at the Judicial Training Institute in Accra from April 25 – 27, 2012. The judicial training of 18 magistrates and circuit judges focused on effective strategies to improve the experience of the pro se litigant in the juvenile, circuit and family courts in Ghana.

The program tapped into LWOB lawyers’ and judges’ experiences with state family courts, gender violence and juvenile law. Trainers developed and implemented innovative role-play exercises and modules prepared especially for this training and contextualized to Ghana.

Ghana’s Judicial Reform Unit and Her Ladyship Chief Justice Georgina Wood provided guidance and support toward the success of the program. Hon. Ann C. Williams led the LWOB delegation, joined by Hon. Ellen Gesmer and Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court, Hon. Timothy Evans.

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