The purpose of this presentation is to discuss a recent research project which seeks to offer an examination of the unique relationship between the traditional Ghanaian indigenous justice system and the established state-administered justice system. This is an overview of the interesting blend of indigenous practices (rooted in religious practices and strongly associated with spirituality and mysticism) and state (formal justice and governmental systems) in the Ghanaian justice system. In addition the topics of the treatment of women and children within these systems and the use of alternative dispute resolution, restorative justice, and conflict resolution strategies inherent within the two justice systems (indigenous and state-administered) are discussed.
Crews, G., Crews, A., Boye-Doe K., Aikins, K. "Researching Crime, Justice, and Social Control in Ghana: Evolving Issues in a Developing African Country" Graduate ProSeminar Series, School of Applied Sciences, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. 2 Mar 2007.