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A first Model Child-Friendly Court has opened in Accra to cater for cases related to children. Inaugurated by Her Ladyship the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia A.B. Akuffo, the Court provides a safe environment for children as they interact with the justice system.

 According to the Chief Justice, protection of the human rights of children is crucial to the development of every nation, hence the establishment of this special Court which is being equipped to ensure quality juvenile justice delivery and the protection of the rights of minors.

“The special Court is created to recognize and accommodate the physical, developmental and emotional requirements of children and to ensure that they are not overburdened by the trauma of having to go through the judicial system” she stated.

In a bid to expand the implementation of the e-Justice project to meet international standards, the Judicial Service of Ghana, is further exploring IT training opportunities for selected Judges and Staff, particularly Registrars in Serbia.

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has described the introduction of the e-Justice or Paperless Court System in Ghana as a means of revamping public confidence in the judicial process and Ghana’s Judiciary in general. The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has described the introduction of the e-Justice or Paperless Court System in Ghana as a means of revamping public confidence in the judicial process and Ghana’s Judiciary in general. 

“All cases and parties before the Court are important and therefore must be given the same level of attention.  The parties must be accorded the same level of respect and the issues raised must be considered carefully.  I have always insisted that trivial matters do not end up in Court.  Serious issues are raised before the Court hence my reluctance to crack jokes on the Bench.”

Her Ladyship the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia A. B. Akuffo has advised the youth to use their time, especially on the internet profitably, as time wasted can never be regained.

“Use the internet to gain knowledge and for education purposes rather than engage in negative and criminal activities”, she said.

Her Ladyship the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia A. B. Akuffo has advised Ghanaian youth to take their studies seriously, in order to be well equipped with essential skills, which will make them transformational future leaders.

Her Ladyship Justice Vida Akoto-Bamfo, a Justice of the Supreme Court has retired after 38 years of active service, after delivering her valedictory judgement in a civil appeal between Kwadwo Danquah & 259 Others vrs Anglogold Ashanti in Court.

She read the unanimous judgment in the case she presided, with Her Ladyship the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia A. B. Akuffo, and other Justices of the apex Court present.

The Chief Justice, paid a glowing tribute to Justice Akoto-Bamfo, expressing the “joy and privilege” she and her colleagues on the Supreme Court Bench had in working with her over the years. Justice Sophia Akuffo implored all present to emulate and be inspired by the professionalism, work ethics and quality standards Justice Akoto-Bamfo exhibited during active service.

Her Ladyship the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia A. B. Akuffo, has cautioned Journalists that their practice of investigative journalism should be in the interest of the public and not for ulterior motives.

“The limit of investigative journalism is privacy and the limit of privacy is the public interest and so if we bear this simple statement in mind, we will not cross lines that will create problems because what is required is a careful act of balancing to reach a perfect equilibrium in a democracy like ours. So far as there are investigative journalists who want to peek into people’s private lives, they must bear in mind the importance of the fact that in peeking into someone’s private life, you are serving a public interest and not just playing mischief”, she said.  

She was delivering the keynote address at the 23rd Ghana Journalists’ Association (GJA) Awards held in Accra, on the theme “State of Investigative Journalism: Boundaries of Privacy and Borders of the Public Interest.

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