JUSAG Strike Threatens Justice Delivery In Ghana: Courts Empty, Scheduled Cases Not Being Heard
- Industrial action by the influential Judicial Service Staff Association has resulted in the disruption of processes in courtrooms across the country
- Courtrooms premises have become empty and people expecting their cases to be heard have been disappointed
- Thousands of members of JUSAG are taking part in the strike that has emanated from claims that the government is unwilling to approve their reviewed emoluments
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An indefinite strike by the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, is threatening to derail justice delivery in Ghana.
Courtrooms across the country are empty, according to reports being monitored by YEN.com.gh 24 hours after the strike kicked in.
"Some of the people who were at court premises looking forward to their cases being called have expressed worry," Joy News reported on Thursday.
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JUSAG urges public not to go to the courts during the strike
General Secretary of JUSAG, Abdulai Yakubu, told Citi News that judicial service workers at courts across the country will stay off work until their reviewed salaries and allowances are approved by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
For that reason, he has appealed to members of the public not to bother going to the courts because they will not be served.
JUSAG in a May 24, 2023, statement accused the government of dragging its feet to approve members' reviewed emolumentS.
The Association says they will remain on strike until their demands are met.
The influential association is made of thousands of members who include court bailiffs, interpreters, clerks, typists, and recorders among others at all the different levels of courts.
JUSAG fights for better service conditions for the non-legal-professional staff of the Judicial Service.
EOCO busts Nigerians who are part of a notorious human trafficking syndicate
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh has reported in a separate story that EOCO has disclosed that a recent intelligence-led operation enabled the arrest of four Nigerians who are part of a dangerous human trafficking syndicate in Accra.
EOCO explained in a statement to the public that the criminals were also engaged in different types of cybercrime.
Some 45 of the individuals who had been trafficked from Nigeria into Ghana and were tortured and abused have been repatriated.
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