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The unintended consequences of anti-corruption measures: Regulating judicial conduct in Ghana

Amagnya, Moses Agaawena (2022) The unintended consequences of anti-corruption measures: Regulating judicial conduct in Ghana. Crime, Law and Social Change. ISSN 0925-4994

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There are endless possibilities of court users seeking to influence judges’ decisions
on cases in many countries. As a result, authorities often seek to reduce corruption
opportunities by regulating judicial conduct and limiting access to judges. Using interview data from 15 judges drawn from a larger study of justice and anticorruption officials in Ghana, this paper presents judges’ interpretation and observation of rules around judicial conduct and the impact on corruption opportunities. The results suggest that judges interpret their obligations under these regulations broadly, including isolating themselves from the public to remove them from the possibilities of corrupt exchanges. However, it was found that instead of decreasing corruption opportunities, regulating judicial conduct in this way can produce unintended consequences. This anti-corruption measure, while well-meaning, can increase corruption opportunities, shift corruption opportunities to lower-level court officials, decrease transparency and guardianship, and even motivate judges to engage in corruption. The article concludes by discussing the implications of the results for preventing corruption in judicial systems.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > Forensic Sciences and Policing
Depositing User: Moses AMAGNYA
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2022 10:53
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2023 01:38

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