Eastern Region Gets New Court Complex

A new Court Complex sponsored by the chiefs and people of Akyem in the Eastern Region has been dedicated and handed over to the Judicial Service.  The new Court Complex, situated at Kyebi, the traditional capital of Akyem Abuakwa, is comprised of a High Court, Circuit Court and District Court. Each Court has a Registrar’s office, general office and chamber for the Judges and Magistrate. 

The dedication of the facility was part of activities marking the 75th anniversary of Amantiremanmienu, Nana Ofori Atta, the first Okyenhene of Akyem Abuakwa. 

The provision of the new Court Complex by the current occupant of the Okyeman stool, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panyin and his people was to show their commitment to the call of the Judiciary for an improved court infrastructure to enhance quality Justice delivery. 

In an address, the Acting Chief Justice, His Lordship Justice Julius Ansah, described the Complex as “decent, comfortable and conducive to the work of courts in the country.”  He said the facility has come not quite long when the Lady Chief Justice during her tour of some courts in the country, expressed concern about the poor state of court structures, lack of general facilities, poor working environment among others . He said this situation has compelled Judges and staff of the Judicial service to work under trying conditions. 

Justice Ansah noted that Okyeman’s commitment to improving court infrastructure is worth commending. "In providing this beautiful building for use by the courts in Kyebi, the chiefs and people of Akyem Abuakwa are demonstrating the kind of cooperation that Her Ladyship has called for."

His Lordship Justice Julius Ansah, in urging staff of the Service to eschew corruption, was hopeful they would continue to exhibit professionalism in their work in order to sustain the confidence of court users in the Judiciary. He added that high maintenance culture is the best way to show gratitude to Okyeman.

"We must also show gratitude to Okyeman by ensuring that this building is well maintained and managed properly. It is our hope that 10 years from now, by the grace of God, we shall come here and see this edifice as beautiful as it is today,” he said.

The Member of Parliament for Akim Abuakwa South, who is also the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Samuel Atta Akyea pledged to collaborate with the Judiciary to ensure that there are decent and appropriate court infrastructure across the country. 

For his part, the East Akim Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Owusu Tuwm Ampofo was happy that the edifice has come to add to the architecture beauty of Kyebi. He described the Court Complex which started in 2004  with work stalled at some stage, but  now  completed, as a milestone in governance, taking into consideration the years spent in completing it.  He expressed profound appreciation to the Okyenhene for ensuring its completion after work stalled for some time.

The President of the Eastern Region Bar Association, Mr. Amoako Adjei, appealed to the people of Akyem Abuakwa to resort to the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) instead of litigation.  “The presence of this Court should not motivate you to litigate but to make use of ADR to resolve your disputes and any other differences”, he said.


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