4 June 2008

Ghana: Oti Boateng Tells It Bluntly

Koforidua — The Omanhene of the New Juaben Traditional (NJT) area, in the Eastern Region, Professor (Emeritus) Oti Boateng, has accused the Judicial Service of being responsible for the various conflicts in Ghana.

According to him, the Judicial Service had not been proactive enough, in the adjudication of cases, which had been brought before the various courts, leading to misunderstandings and conflicts in most parts of the country.

Even though he admitted that the service, alone could not play the entire role in solving all the cases that are brought to their doorsteps, the Chief called on the Service to accelerate the process of dealing with cases, in order to save the country from further disaster.

He made the accusation when the Chief Justice (CJ), Her Lordship Georgina Theodora Wood, paid a courtesy call on him, at his palace last Friday.

The visit to the region, was part of a nationwide visit, to various courts in the country, in order to acquaint herself with the day-to-day affairs of the courts.

To this end, he called on the CJ to help straighten the progress of dealing with cases, which are pending in the various courts in the country, in order to ensure peace and development.

According to Prof Boateng, justice delayed is justice denied, and therefore, the Service should not encourage the delay of cases, since that held the tendency of destabilizing the serene atmosphere blowing over the country.

He, therefore, appealed to the CJ, judges, lawyers and all, to put their shoulders to the wheel, in ensuring peace and oneness, through justice.

The Omanhene promised the CJ, of his outfit's readiness to support the Judicial Service in the adjudication of cases, especially chieftaincy disputes.

Earlier, the CJ in her meeting with some judges and staff of the Service urged them to invest in Information Communication Technology (ICT), in order to keep abreast with the day-to-day affairs of the Service.

The CJ called on the staff to desist from attitudes such as laziness and lateness to work, which would bring the image of the Service into disrepute, and rather improve upon the code of conduct.

She called on members of the Service, to appreciate the effort and commitment of the government, in ensuring a sound economic standard in the country, even though their salaries were nothing to write home about.

She also promised her preparedness to provide them with better conditions of service, and pay all salary arrears due them.

The CJ, who earlier on visited the Anyinam and Kwaben courts, all in the Eastern Region, was accompanied by Justice Jones Doste, an Appeal Court Judge with oversight responsibility over the Eastern Region, and other justices from the appeal court.

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