Chief Justices of ECOWAS member states will meet Tuesday in Cotonou, Benin Republic, to agree on mechanisms for improving the enforcement by national courts of laws that strengthen regional integration.
According to the ECOWAS Commission, the one-day meeting, being held under the auspices of the eight-year-old Community Judicial Council, would also agree on measures for promoting cooperation among national judiciaries, with a view to streamlining the judicial systems to facilitate intra-community enforcement of court processes, decisions and effective criminal investigation.
The session is also expected to propose measures to ensure greater respect for the rule of law in member states as well as improve judicial services, ensure greater independence for the judiciary and improve relations with the other arms of government.
The meeting will be preceded by the meeting of the ad-hoc committee to interview candidates for a vacant slot in the Community Court.
The council was set up in 2006 by Heads of State and Government to deal with issues related to the Community Court of Justice.
At its inaugural meeting in 2007, the council’s rules of procedures were adopted while the inaugural edition of its ad-hoc committee was held two years later.