Georgina Theodora Wood Chief Justice Laments About Corruption In Courts

The Chief Justice's sentiments were contained in a speech read on her behalf by His Lordship Mr Justice Dennis Adjei, an Appeal Court Judge, at the Chief Justice’s Forum

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Mrs Georgina Theodora Wood, the Chief Justice, has decried the level of corruption amongst some courts staff, which she said,tends to undermine the integrity of justice delivered by judges in the country.

She said “The greatest tragedy of it all is that some of us have now graduated into falsifying court proceedings so that hardened criminals who have been justifiably sentenced to imprisonment by honest and hardworking judges would unlawfully gain their freedom.

The Chief Justice's sentiments were contained in a speech read on her behalf by His Lordship Mr Justice Dennis Adjei, an Appeal Court Judge, at the Chief Justice’s Forum held in Tamale on Thursday under the theme: “Integrity: The Key to Effective Justice Delivery.”

Mrs Wood said the Judicial Service continued to receive petitions on the adverse conduct of some of the court officials, adding, Management and the Judicial Council take serious view of those petitions.

She said in all those instances, offending staff have been sanctioned, in accordance with laid down rules and procedures, and warned that “we will neither shirk our responsibility nor grow weary of enforcing the decisions of the Disciplinary Committee of the Judicial Council, to purge the Service of such bad nuts.

She urged Registrars of the courts who worked directly and closely with other court officials, to set good examples, and let sincerity and integrity be their watchword, to help enhance public confidence in the Judiciary.

Reverend Professor Seth Ayettey, Member of the Judicial Council, urged the court officials to offer their best to preserve the integrity of the Judiciary, which was key in the administration of justice, and upholding of the Constitution.

Her Lordship Justice Gertrude Torkonoo, a Justice of the Appeal Court, urged all court officials to exhibit personal integrity in the discharge of their duties, to ensure that justice was delivered at all times.

- Ghana News Agency

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