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Judiciary Actively Working to Reduce Cost of Seeking Justice – CJ

The Okaikwei North Municipality in the Greater Accra Region, now has a Circuit Court, in Achimota,
barely nine months after the inauguration a District Court in the Municipality.

He noted “the monetary jurisdiction of the Circuit Court is up to Two Million Ghana Cedis. District Courts have
monetary jurisdiction of up to Five Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis. The Circuit Court has original jurisdiction
in all criminal matters other than treason, offence triable on indictment and offences punishable by death whereas
the District Court can sentence up to only two years or impose a fine of up to 500 penalty units. These are some
of the fundamental distinctions between the two courts we see in this Municipality”.

Justice Anin Yeboah encouraged the people to have confidence in, and patronize the Court as it had been established to serve them.

 “The court is here to serve us. Let us have confidence in the court process and make good use of the facility”, he said.

The Chief Justice announced the establishment of High Courts at Amasaman, Adenta and Sowutuom,
all in the Greater accra Region, with the objective to stop the mass transfer of cases to the Central Business
District of accra. He said, there are plans to partner with UNICEF to upgrade facilities in the Achimota Circuit Court,
to make it user friendly to handle cases of domestic violence and abuse of women and children.

He used the opportunity to call on the Achimota Circuit Court to collaborate with the Okaikwei North Municipality
to ensure strict enforcement of the sanitation bye-laws.

The Circuit Court has a very spacious fully furnished courtroom, Staff Common Room, Offices for the Registrar,
Cashier, Bailiff, Recorders and ICT Staff. It is fully fitted with a borehole, solar power and generator set to ensure
regular water supply and clean environment.

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