Day Seven – Wednesday 21st August 2013

I went to court today!

I woke up at 05.30 – which I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to! – and began to think of some questions to ask Judge Mensah in the morning at the court. We left the office at 08.30 and arrived at the court on time to see the start of proceedings at 09.00. The session last three hours and many of the cases were adjourned. I think Kate and Astrid took the most from the visit because they both study law and understood the terminology. I find it difficult to understand some of the Ghanaian accent so it was hard for me to engage with the visit properly. I have had to read Kate’s report today to understand what happened. God knows how Viola and Cecilia managed.

After the session we were invited to speak to the judge for a while. This was helpful for my research as I could find out what a high-ranking official thought about human rights and democracy in Ghana. The answers he gave were very diplomatic and therefore not as insightful as I had hoped. It will still be useful though.

When we returned to the office we went to the Shelter again.

We don’t have any plans for tonight! Just resting up because I really need some decent sleep! It’s an exhausting business being here.

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