Judges angry over salary cuts

Judges angry over salary cuts

Magistrate and circuit court judges are demanding a withdrawal of a new document which indicates that they will be getting reduced remuneration than they anticipated.

The members of the lower bench are angry with government for allegedly reviewing their conditions of service without involving them, according to a report by starrfmonline.com.

The judges reportedly said that by introducing a new reform with regard to salaries, the government had reneged on agreement it reached with them in 2012 on their conditions of service.

A representative of the judges, Aboagye Tandoh, is reported to have described the new deal as unfair.

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“Certain reforms have been done with regards to our salaries without any views or recourse to us. No inputs were made to us and we saw that there were some discrepancies so our members were of the view that the purported letter that was brought should be withdrawn.

“If they want to have any reforms, the beneficiaries must be engaged, just as any HR practice has been the case.

“We were surprised that as members of the lower bench we would have conditions reviewed even before we are notified,” he was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile a Supreme Court judge, Justice William Atuguba, has condemned what he says is the unethical conduct of some lawyers in the country.

Speaking at a legal ethics training programme for law students in Accra, Justice Atuguba crticised what he said was the laxity among those lawyers in the handling of cases at the various courts, particularly the Supreme Court.

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The situation, he said, amounted to breaching the code of the ethics that lawyers were supposed to uphold.

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