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Justice is about Precision not Speed – CJ

The Chief Justice, His Lordship Justice Anin Yeboah, has reiterated the commitment of
the Judiciary to address delays in courts with the provision of modern courthouses that
serve the justice needs of citizens but cautions that justice is about precision not speed.

His Lordship Justice Anin Yeboah, Chief Justice of Ghana delivering his speech

 “The provision of this facility underlines the point that we are here to serve your justice needs in a
congenial atmosphere. It also attests to the drive to decongest the courts whiles enhancing access
to justice by the citizenry and therefore prevent them from travelling very far to Akropong and Mampong.
Citizens have become more conscious of their rights and hence will seek legal redress at any given
opportunity and rightly so. Other avenues for dispute resolution must be encouraged as provided in law.
Justice is about precision, not about speed. Justice hastily administered is not justice at all”, he said.

District Court building

Justice Anin Yeboah made these remarks at the inauguration of a District Court in Aburi in the
Eastern Region of Ghana.

He also outlined steps the Judiciary has taken in recent times to tackle delays in the court system
to ensure precision is not affected by an increase in speed whiles calling for a cultural shift in
the country’s approach to dispute resolution.

“Our e-justice system is one such initiative as an on-going and very laudable effort to introduce
virtual courts into the system. Ultimately, if the challenges in justice delivery are to be addressed
comprehensively, they require a cultural shift in our nation’s approach to dispute resolution. I call
on the citizenry to lend themselves to the Court Connected Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism
which is easier, less costly and less adversarial”, he said.


The Chief of Aburi, Otubour Djan Kwasi II, who doubles as the Adontenhene of the Akwapem
Traditional Area, expressed profound gratitude to the Chief Justice and the Judicial Service for
the court because of the “respect and discipline” it would bring in the community.

Otubour Djan Kwasi II, Chief of Aburi making his remarks

In a related development, a District Court has been inaugurated at Akuapem Mampong in the
Eastern Region of Ghana, where the Chief Justice, His Lordship Justice Anin Yeboah, also called
for support for the Court Connected Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism.

                                             The Chief Justice Anin Yeboah assisted by Mampong Akuapemhemaa and other dignitaries to cut tape and unveils plaque

 “I urge you all to make full use of Alternative Dispute Resolution as an effective tool in
justice administration”, he said.

The Eastern Regional Minister, Hon. Seth K. Acheampong, was elated the people would
no longer travel a long distance to access justice.

Hon. Seth K. Acheampong, the Eastern Regional Minister making his remarks

“People must have access to justice no matter their economic or social background and distance cannot,
and should not be a hindrance to accessing justice in Ghana,” he said.

                                                                                                           Dignitaries present

 The ceremony was well attended by the chiefs and elders of Akuapem Mampong, the clergy,
local authority and indigenes of the community.  

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