Let’s work collectively to resource the Judicial Service – Chief Justice

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The Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana, Justice Kwasi Anim Yeboah has called on traditional leaders, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), and stakeholders to support government to resource the Judicial Service.

He stated that it is his goal to increase the number of Municipal and District court houses around the nation, but the service is unable to cover the costs on its own and has to appealed to traditional leaders and other national stakeholders for assistance.

“Establishing more court houses across the country will release pressure on the various circuit, and high courts and would also release the stress on citizens who go to court”, Chief Justice said.

He further begged lawmakers and traditional leaders to let the law deal with those who defy the law and turn to them for assistance.

He further begged lawmakers and traditional leaders to let the law deal with those who defy the law and turn to them for assistance.

Speaking in Bremen’s Suame Municipal, he inaugurated the district court for the municipality there.

In addition to thanking Nana Barfour Kotei Kutin Sraman ll Breman Hene for donating the land for the project, he congratulated the Suame Municipal Assembly, headed by Hon. Maxwell Ofosu Boakye, for beginning the court’s establishment.

Mr. Yeboah urged the courthouse staff to safeguard and maintain the structure.

In his opening remarks, the Municipal Chief Executive of Suame, Hon Maxwell Ofosu Boakye, congratulated all individuals whose combined efforts have yielded the complex.

The Municipal Chief Executive was particularly grateful to the Member of Parliament, Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, for supporting the Chief Justice’s bold initiative with his share of the District Assembly Common Fund this far. He also extended same gratitude to his predecessor, Prof Osei Bobbie Boahen, during whose tenure of office the project started.

The Majority Leader/Minister of Parliament, and the Member of Parliament for Suame, Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, took time off his speech to shower praise on the Chief Justice, His Lordship Akwasi Annin Yeboah, for having the foresight to expand the administration and delivery of justice to the doorstep of the ordinary citizen. He enumerated various projects that have taken place under the leadership of the Chief Justice such as the over100 new court buildings and the magnificent accommodation facilities for the judges. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu singled out the Administrator of the District Assembly Common Fund, Mrs. Irene Naa Torshi, who accepted the challenge by the Chief Justice to build more court complex, which consequently led to development of the formula to support the funding of such laudable initiative, for appreciation.

The Sompahene of the Suame Municipality also expressed appreciation to the Bremanghene, Nana Kutin Kotei Sraman II, for making available the parcel of land upon which the building has been constructed in spite the difficulties the Municipal Assembly faces in acquiring land at the built-up area.

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon Simon Osei Mensah, pleaded with the chiefs and opinion leaders within the Court’s jurisdiction not to interfere with the delivery of justice. He said the entreaties from the chiefs and opinion leaders may turn to weaken the court if they continually plead for clemency on behalf culprits standing trials before the court.

The Bremanghene, Nana Kotei Kutin Sraman II, expressed his appreciation to the Chief Justice and the Majority Leader for their efforts which started some three to four years ago. He referred to some prevailing offenses within the jurisdiction of the court and requested that the Chief Justice put such minor offenses into consideration when deciding on the status of the newly inaugurated Court.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com/Samuel Sarkodie

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