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Ghana’s Judiciary Applauds Improvement in Physical Infrastructure

From the remnants of dilapidated structures to the discomfort and risks of working in them,
comes a new dawn for Ghana’s Judiciary, with the inauguration of three new courthouses
in the Volta and Eastern Regions of Ghana.

Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah delivering his address  

“The Judiciary, as we all know, is mandated to administer justice to the citizenry. However, it has been constrained
by the lack, and the distressingly poor state of physical infrastructure. These have, over the years, militated against
the effective operation of the courts generally.  In the face of this nagging reality and undesirable spectacle, we have
remained hopeful and resolute to fulfill our mandate to the good people of this country. Thankfully, the unfortunate
past has been consigned to history, and a new dawn is here today as we all look on with much admiration”, he said.

He also reiterated the resolve of the Judiciary to build a system of justice that assures litigants of efficient,
timely and quality justice delivery.
The Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State and President of the Asogli Traditional Area, Togbe Afede XIV called
on the Judiciary to ensure that justice is available to all and sundry, as this is important for peace, unity and prosperity.

Togbe Afede XIV, Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State and President
of the Asogli Traditional Area, making his remarks
The new Courthouse in Ho replaces the old High Court which has over the years served the justice needs of
the people in the Ho Municipality and beyond.
In a related development, a new High Court has been inaugurated in Somanya, the capital of the Yilo Krobo
District in the Eastern Region. 
In a brief remark, Chief Justice Anin Yeboah cautioned the public not to undermine the justice system through their actions.

Justice Anin Yeboah assisted by queen mother of Yilo krobo and
other diginitaries to cut the tape
“I wish to use this occasion to caution people who have cases in the Courts, and who sometimes approach
intermediaries to offer gifts and inducements to Judges, Magistrates and staff of the Judicial Service to
influence cases in their favour, to desist from such negative tendencies as they only serve to undermine the
justice system generally and the rule of law in particular”, he said.
He repeated the call for the public to embrace the Court-Connected Alternative Dispute Resolution.
“Agreeably, the core function of the Judiciary is to adjudicate. However, I wish to indicate that where
necessary, out of court settlements, rather than courtroom trials are the best means of settling disputes,
as they help maintain or promote better relationships, whether family, community or business.

Court- Connected ADR is firmly entrenched as part of mainstream judicial work. We have statutory
backing for its practice and is working very well in a number of courts in the country”, he said.

Amoatey Akpatsu Aza VI, Nyemer Divisional Chief

The Paramount Chief for Yilo Krobo Traditional Area, Oklepeme Nuer Anorbaa Sasraku II who was represented
by the Nyemer Divisional Chief, Nene Amoatey Akpatsu Aza VI, expressed his profound appreciation to the
Chief Justice for bringing justice to their doorstep.
“The Court brings us new hope and fresh energy to the quest for justice. In view of the wide jurisdiction of the
High Court, we hope to have speedy adjudication of cases and not travel to Koforidua to access justice”, he said.

Some dignitaries at the court inauguration

He also appealed to the Chief Justice for the creation of multiple High Courts within the Somanya Municipality as
the newly inaugurated court is the first and only High Court in the Municipality.
Elsewhere, His Lordship Justice Anin Yeboah inaugurated a Circuit Court in Juapong in the North Tongu District of
the Volta Region.  His delight for this court was succinctly captured in his brief remarks:


“Today’s event comes along with a great sense of achievement, fulfillment and gratification as it marks the
actualization of a cherished dream. The days when there was no Circuit Court between Ashaiman and
Kpando are no more. This court has come to address the problem. It is my hope that this court which could
serve as the first port of call apart from the District Court, for most of our compatriots would present a new
and friendlier face of justice in this Municipality”, he said.

Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament for North Tongu, giving his remarks

For his part, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, expressed his
heartfelt gratitude to the Chief Justice for the court because “access to justice has been a long standing
challenge in the district and the people have been traveling to Ho, Kpando, Peki or sometimes Tema to seek justice”.

MCE of North Tongu reading out inscriptions on the plaque
as CJ and other dignitaries look on


“The major challenge of no court has today come to an end”, he said.
All three inaugurated courthouses in Ho, Somanya and Juapong have very spacious fully furnished courtrooms,
Staff Common Rooms, Offices for the respective Registrar’s, Cashiers, Bailiffs, Recorders and ICT Staff. They
are each fully fitted with solar power, a generator set and a borehole to ensure regular water supply and clean environment. 



The inauguration of each Court saw an impressive attendance of chiefs and queen mothers as well as indigenes of the respective towns.

Accompanying the Chief Justice were some Justices of the Superior Courts, the Judicial Secretary, some Directors and Staff of the Judicial Service.  


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