The nominee for the position of Deputy Special Prosecutor, Madam Cynthia Jane Naa-Koshie Lamprey, says it was about time the country reforms the way it handles its public prosecution to conform to international standards.
She said when given the nod to deputize the Special Prosecutor, Mr. Martin A. B. K. Amidu, one of the things she will do is to lead the reforms of public prosecutions by reviewing some aspects of the Criminal Code and do the necessary amendment where necessary.
Appearing before the Appointments Committee of Parliament, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, for public hearing over her nomination, she said the issue of adjournments at the courts and plea bargaining, believing that once reforms are done in these areas, it would save parties involved in cases at the court time and money.
Madam Naa-Koshie Lamptey’s remarks follow a question posed by a member of the Committee, Hon. Osei Bonsu Amoah as to how the country could reform its public prosecutions to conform to international best practices.
“There must be a regulation where a number of adjournments should be specified so that during the prosecution or handling of the case, you do not go beyond that. Adjournments are used in delaying cases”, she noted.
She added “We do not have plea bargaining in the law but by practice, we do it. I hope when we go that way it would shorten the periods that would have been used in handling cases. It may also save clients paying more money because some lawyers, anytime they go to court, they take money. But if we agree, depending on the issues of the case, if you agree to may be plead to a lesser offense, that will mean that the trial will be shortened and it will be to the benefit of the accused person”.