Chief Justice rejects refurbished court building; says it does not meet standard of courts

Chief Justice rejects refurbished court building; says it does not meet standard of courts

The Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, has rejected a newly-refurbished magistrate court in the Wassa East district assembly in the Western Region because the facility was below standard.

Justice Akuffo explained to the District Chief Executive, Wilson Arthur, that the facility was below the requisite standard of the Judicial Service and lacked the confidentiality that a court needed.

“This is not the court we want and so you should already be thinking of another relocation or it can be anywhere near here and then you do it the way we want it , as it is places that has to be confidential the offices are too exposed to the public,” she said.

Wassa East district assembly magistrate court

Wassa East district assembly magistrate court Source: Myjoyonline.com
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She emphasized that the office of the registrar of the court was to easy to access, as that was not the right way.

The CJ therefore gave the Wassa East district assembly by the end of February to 2019 give her feedback on the reconstruction of a new magistrate.

“I will give you up to February ending to come and tell me your plans on the reconstruction of a new court.” the Chief Justice said.

The CJ made the observations, after she commissioned the court on Monday, January 14, 2019 as part of her six-day tour of the Western Region to acquaint herself with challenges facing the judicial system in the region.

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She also added that the judicial service wants standardized courts across the country so that any stranger who comes to any community can easily identify the court.

Arthur has expressed disappointment at the building, which failed to impress the Chief Justice.

“This one was built quite recently when we inherited it. When we came, it was in a bad state but we renovated it and furnished it and we thought it was one of the best court houses in Ghana. So when she came, I was expecting her to say that your place is better than a high courts.” Wassa DCE

The disappointed DCE said the Assembly will use the building for a police station and later think of how to mobilize funds to build a befitting court. He said he was expecting some accolades after using scare assembly funds to renovate the building.

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