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From Accra to Salem: Judicial Vacation Experience in Oregon, USA

By Margaret Welbourne, Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ghana.




Between 14th to 23rd August, 2019, I spent time visiting the Oregon Courts, in fulfillment of the quinquennial requirement to visit a judicial authority during the judicial recess in Ghana that runs from 1st August to 30th September each year. The quinquennial is a sabbatical that each judge is entitled to take every five years. Formerly it was just a holiday but beginning in the last five years, judges are required to visit courts or academic institutions in the jurisdictions they visit. I met with the administrator of the court, Nathan Wolfe on Tuesday the 13th of August and scheduled the court observation sessions with him.