- Judicial Council fire 19 for being complicit in Anas exposé
- They include court registrars and messengers in courts across the country
- The public has also been asked to report any officer who demands money before rendering service, to the Complaints Unit or directly to the Chief Justice
Following an exposé by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas into Ghana’s judiciary last year, the Judicial Council has meted severe sanctions to all person complicit.
The JC on Thursday sacked 19 more workers of the Judicial Service; they include court registrars and interpreters.
According to a statement signed by the Judicial Secretary, Justice Alex Opoku Acheampong, the “affected staff have taken bribes of various sums to help influence the outcomes of cases in the courts”.
For consciously and willingly acting as conduits between representatives of ‘tigereyepi’ and the judges and for illegally demanding and receiving various sums of monies for the judges and themselves the Judicial Service dismissed 10 workers.
Also nine others have been removed from office “for holding ex-parte discussions with representatives of ‘tigereyepi' and facilitating meetings between the said representatives and the judges”.
Meanwhile, five of the Judicial Service were reprimanded "for accepting ‘Thank You’ gifts from representatives of ‘tigereyepi’”.
“In the light of the above, the Judicial Council would like to appeal to the general public and indeed all court users throughout the country to pay only the approved court fees at the designated pay-points within the courts and not to engage in any monetary transactions with any judge or staff of the Service.
“The Council further urges the public to desist from giving gifts of any form including ‘thank you gifts’ to staff of the Judicial Service in the course of their work as this has the potential to negatively influence judicial process,” the statement further noted.