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GHANAIAN OFFICIALS COME TO RUSK CENTER FOR JUDICIAL TRAINING

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Thursday, May 13, 2004

WRITER: Heidi Murphy, 706/542-5172, hmurphy@uga.edu CONTACT: Maria Eugenia Gimenez, 706/542-5138, mgimenez@uga.edu

MEDIA ADVISORY – GHANAIAN OFFICIALS COME TO RUSK CENTER FOR JUDICIAL TRAINING

ATHENS, Ga. – Next week, eight members of Ghana’s judiciary will arrive at the University of Georgia School of Law’s Dean Rusk Center for two weeks to study the American judicial system. Training will concentrate on efficient and effective judicial administration as well as address ethical issues, alternative dispute resolution and the continuing education of judicial personnel.

Attendees include five justices, including the chief justice of the Ghanaian Supreme Court, two directors of Ghana’s Institute of Continuing Judicial Education and the court system’s financial controller.

This is the fourth visit by Ghanaian officials to the Rusk Center. Previous visits have resulted in the development of Ghana’s “fast track” court, which has cut the adjudication of cases from seven years to six months in the African country.

Organized by the Rusk Center in cooperation with Georgia’s Institute of Continuing Judicial Education, the International Judicial Training Program has also instructed judicial personnel from the countries of Brazil and Egypt.

A training session on the afternoon of Monday, May 17, is open for the media to attend and view the judicial training in process. Please contact Heidi Murphy at 706-542-5172 or hmurphy@uga.edu for further details.

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