Ghanaians asked to allow Judiciary to operate freely

Chief Justice Georgina Wood

The Chief Justice Mrs Theodora Georgina Wood has appealed to the public to allow the courts to operate freely.

She said:  “Stay away from judges, magistrates and staff of the Judicial
Service and do not approach any of them for favours”.

Mrs Wood made the call in a speech read on her behalf at the inauguration of a magistrate’s court at New Abirim in the Birim North District, on Wednesday.

The Chief Justice said that if judges and magistrates were left alone to do their work without public influence, all cases would be dealt with on merit.

She said that the Judicial Service would not spare any staff caught engaging in unethical and corrupt practices.

Mrs Wood stressed that she would be committed to eliminating corruption from the Judiciary.

She said judges and magistrates and staff of the Service had various codes of ethics to serve as guidelines for their operations.

Mrs Wood said over the past few years, the Service had made reforms to improve justice delivery system.

She noted that the Judicial Training Institute was helping to improve manpower capacity and information for judges and magistrates.

Mrs Wood said judges and magistrates were being guided by ethics and principles, adding “This bears adequate testimony to the fact that the Judicial Service is committed to eradicating corruption from the service.”

She advised the magistrate and staff of the new court to treat the people of the community with courtesy, humility and respect.

Source: GNA

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