Supreme Court judges have been trained in cybersecurity as part of efforts to build capacity for the bench to handle cyber-related cases.
The Minister for Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful – speaking at the opening ceremony of a cybercrime and electronic evidence for judges of the Supreme Court training in Accra said: “Cyber security in the judicial administration is very important. A breach of the system or data would have very serious implications on delivery of cases.
“It is therefore imperative that mechanisms are put in place to secure our digital economy against such attacks, and to assist in capacity building of all our law enforcement and judicial offices in terms of investigating, prosecution and deciding cases of cyber security,” she added.
She stated that even though the domain of cybercrime is relatively new to the court, it is imperative that judges’ understanding of information technology, cyber-crime issues as well as matters pertaining to digital evidence are enhanced, since it affects their rulings on cases.
It’s in this regard, Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful noted, that through the newly-established National Cyber Security Centre her ministry will engage the Judicial Service in order to provide cyber security training for judges.
Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful explained: “The challenges we face in the era of digitisation are many, and the criminals are always one step ahead of law enforcement. So, we always need to continually upgrade our capacities to be able to deal with the new challenges we face on a daily basis.
“We don’t need soldiers to physically prevent subversive attacks on our critical infrastructure; computer emergency response teams and cyber security setups are because people don’t need guns but expertise with modern technology.”
On his part, Justice Gabriel Scott Pwamang of the Supreme Court said that the organisers have done well to include the Supreme Court judges, since judicial policy is defined by the Supreme Court.
“This interaction will be very beneficial for the judiciary, since it will help shape their perspective when it comes to developing legal policy for law enforcement in relation to cybercrime,” he said.
Some Supreme Court Judges in attendance included: Justice Charles Edward Ekow Baiden of the Criminal Court 2; Justice Paul Bafo-Bonnie; Justice Vida Akoto Bamfo; and Justice Julius Ansah.