“For those who will be working in these court buildings, the Judge, Magistrate and Court Staff, I urge you, in your
words and in your conduct, to live up to the highest ideals of the law. Let all who come here feel welcome and
reassured that the law is here to work for and with them. Let no one feel discouraged or reluctant to use the law.
We must ensure that we are not only fair and just, but are seen by all to be so, so they will feel confident in seeking
redress from these buildings and what they represent”, she said.
Chief Justice, H/L Justice Gertrude Sackey Torkornoo addressing the gathering
Chief Justice Torkornoo was confident that the twin court facility in the Atebubu-Amantin Municipal Assembly of the
Bono East Region, would bring about prosperity and development for the indigenes and community at large. The
Municipality now has a new Circuit Court and a new District Court to replace the existing District Court which was
no longer fit for purpose.
Front view of twin court building housing the Circuit and District Courts
“The law delivers the promise of prosperity and development. The rule and protection of law therefore serve as
the most positive building rungs for the steady development of any society. It is therefore my hope that the presence
of this court is able to bring more and more people to settle and do business in this beautiful community”, she added.
MCE for Atebubu-Amantin Municipal Assembly, Hon. Edward Owusu, delivering his remarks
For his part, the Municipal Chief Executive for Atebubu-Amantin, Hon. Edward Owusu, described the occasion as “one
of the happiest moments in my life” because the era of his people traveling to Wenchi or Sunyani to access justice was over.
“Prior to today, persons in this jurisdiction who needed the services of the Judicial Service beyond the Magistrate Court were
asked to either travel to Wenchi or Sunyani. Traveling to far places for justice can affect timely delivery of justice. Thus, if
legal redress or equitable relief to an injured party is available but not delivered in a timely manner, it can lead to frustrations
and loss of faith in the justice delivery system”, he said.
Hon. Edward Owusu also added that the Assembly decided to use its internally generated funds to build the Court Complex
as a way of ensuring that justice delivery was brought to the doorsteps of citizens in the Municipality. He was optimistic that
the Courts would serve the adjoining towns and communities within the Municipality.
Group Photograph of CJ with Clergy Group Photograph of CJ with Chiefs & Queen mothers
Among the dignitaries present were the Regional Minister for Bono-East; Mr. Kwasi Adu-Gyan, Member of Parliament for
Atebubu-Amantin constituency; Hon Sanja Nanja and Chief Executives from neighbouring Districts. The event was well
attended by Heads of Institutions, Departments and Security Agencies, as well as the Clergy, traditional rulers and members of the community.