Judges Asked To Live Above Reproach

The Chief Justice, Her Ladyship, Georgina Theodora Wood, has cautioned the Association of Magistrates and Judges of Ghana (AMJG) and the Judicial Service to stay away from all forms of corruption and fight to protect the integrity of the Judiciary to build a better Ghana.

Her ladyship said, it is important for each member of the Judicial Service to cultivate this virtue early in the judicial career and work together to build individual cultures of uprightness.

Speaking at the 31st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the AMJG, in Accra, yesterday, on the theme: “Access to Justice: The Citizens Participation in the Administration of Justice”, she noted that, the AGM is meant to address some of the major issues that will be conducive to a strong, robust, independent and trustworthy judiciary.

She observed that, most of the court houses are in very deplorable states, and promised that bold steps would be taken to improve the general infrastructure.

The Chief Justice expressed her appreciation for the refurbishment of 10 existing circuit courts throughout the country by the Millennium Development Authority (MIDA)

She appealed to the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to comply with the law by providing suitable court structures and residential accommodation for the lower courts especially at the district level.

She disclosed that Government has released funds for the purchase of new vehicles for superior court judges, adding that by the first quartre of 2011, these vehicles will be available for distribution.

Justice Wood appealed to the public, lawyers and other colleague judges (serving and retired) not to interfere with the work of judges and leave them to do self examination to improve the image of the service.

The President of the AMJG, Mr. Justice Bawa, stated that judges cannot undermine the people they are expected to give justice to and cautioned them to be upright.

Source : ISD

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