- Ghanaians say 85% of judges and court officials are corrupt
- Meanwhile, Chief Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah says the corruption tag on the judiciary is overhyped
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The latest Afrobarometer survey in Ghana’s judiciary has revealed that 85% of Ghanaians think and say “some” judges and magistrates are corrupt.
The survey conducted also revealed that 40% of the respondents also noted that “most”or “all” court officials are corrupt.
The survey’s objective was to provide reliable data on Africans’ experiences and evaluations of quality of life, governance, and democracy.
The Afrobarometer report may not come as a surprise to many Ghanaians following the investigative piece by ace journalist, Anas Aremyaw Anas which exposed the massive corruption in Ghana’s judiciary.
The 2015 documentary dented and affected the credibility of the judiciary, especially senior judges who were caught on tape/video engaging in bribery to manipulate cases in giver’s favour.
The documentary subsequently led to an overhaul of the judicial sector in Ghana, with government introducing initiatives like the e-justice system, improvement in infrastructure and a paperless system to focus on transparency and accountability.
Meanwhile, Ghana’s newly appointed Chief Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, during his vetting, noted that the corruption accusations against the judiciary are exaggerated.
In all, over 2,400 adult Ghanaians were interview during the survey between September 16 and October 3, 2019.
According to the report released on Friday, February 28, 2020, “more than three-fourths of Ghanaians say the president – and ordinary citizens – must obey the courts and laws.”
It, however, stressed that “fewer than half of respondents say they trust courts “a lot” (16%) or “somewhat” (32%).
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