The Judicial Service of Ghana has charged the general public to refrain from giving out bribes or any form of incentive, to influence a legal process.
Speaking at the inauguration of a new High Court at Dunkwa-On-Offin in the Central Region, the Supervising Judge, Justice Patience Mills-Tetteh, said such actions when spotted will not go unpunished.
“Harassment in all its various manifestation including threats and extorting of money from persons who throng the courts for redress is a most reprehensible way to treat our people,” she said.
Justice Mills-Tetteh continued: “Do not be afraid to report such people for appropriate disciplinary action to be taken against them. I can assure you that the Judicial Court, Chaired by Her Excellency, Her Ladyship the Chief Justice will not spare any judicial official or staff found guilty of misconduct.”
The Supervising Judge said the service was doing all it can to ensure that every Ghanaian gets fair justice for all issues brought to the courts for adjudication.
To guarantee this, Justice Mills-Tetteh said the Judicial Service has embarked on several reformations including court expansions, refurbishment and the construction and creation of new courts.
“It has further enhanced the adjudication process through massive court automation, computerisation and the use of modern equipment in order to reconcile the justice sector with current technological development and acceptable best practice in the administration of justice,” she added.
She further called government to as a matter of urgency mitigate all forms of inadequacies that the courts may be experiencing.Inadequacies in infrastructure and supply of facilities she said, has been a major cause of delay in securing justice for all.
Cost of the new High Court which is pegged at GH¢654,461 will bring to a complete halt, an era where cases had to be referred to other regions for adjudication.
Plans are also in the offing for the renovation of a seven-bedroom self-contain bungalow to provide decent and comfortable accommodation for the High Court Judge.
Grace Ablewor Sogbey