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Challenges of Police Prosecution in the Global South: Perspectives of Ghanaian Police Officers

AMAGNYA, Moses Agaawena (2022) Challenges of Police Prosecution in the Global South: Perspectives of Ghanaian Police Officers. In: Policing the Global South: Colonial Legacies, Pluralities, Partnerships, and Reform. Routledge, London, pp. 1-12. ISBN 9781003126409

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Justice administration in most common-law countries, especially in the Global South, relies significantly on police-led prosecution of criminal cases. However, there are concerns that police-led prosecutions are characterised by challenges that can generate injustice. Therefore, this chapter uses interview data from police prosecutors and observations of court proceedings to examine police-led prosecution practices in Ghana, a country in the Global South. The results show that police prosecutors pay little attention to the vital role of pre-trial conferencing with complainants, witnesses and accused persons. Also, police prosecution in Ghana faces serious challenges, including lack of pre-trial procedural uniformity and clarity, inadequate training and professional development, and lawyers’ verbally abusing prosecutors. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the implication of the results for police prosecution and justice administration.

Item Type: Book Chapter, Section or Conference Proceeding
Additional Information: "This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge/CRC Press in Policing the Global South: Colonial Legacies, Pluralities, Partnerships, and Reform on11th November 2022, available online: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/edit/10.4324/9781003126409/policing-global-south-danielle-watson-wendell-wallace-oluwagbenga-michael-akinlabi-sara-amin-juan-carlos-ruiz-v%C3%A1squez
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > Sociology, Criminology and Terrorism
Depositing User: Moses AMAGNYA
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2022 11:54
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2022 11:54
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URI: https://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/7539

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