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Chief Justice Interacts with Judicial Press Corps

The Chief Justice, Justice Gertrude Sackey Torkornoo, has met with members of the Judicial Press Corps at the Media Room of the Law Court Complex in Accra. The purpose was to share with them information on the work the Judiciary has been doing since she took over its administration in June last year, to give the people of Ghana effective justice.


                         According to the Chief Justice she had been gathering a lot of data from the courts to show her ‘where there
                         are intense blockages and where there is so much work’. ‘I’ve discovered that there are courts that have as many
                         as 600 and a 1000 cases and then there are courts where there are as few as 30 something cases’, she revealed.

                         She said the recent introduction of the Court Shift System in some identified District, Circuit and High Courts in Accra
                         on a pilot basis was to address the problem of high caseloads in those courts and added that when the caseload
                         reduces upon a success evaluation later, the Judicial Service would then consider replicating the model in other
                         courts elsewhere in Ghana, which have similarly high caseloads.



                                   Chief Justice Gertrude Sackey Torkornoo briefing members of the Judicial Press Corps

                         The Chief Justice also informed the Judicial Press Corps about the re-opening of the Court of Appeal sittings
                         around the country, taking into account the necessity to reduce travel time for court users seeking the
                         assistance of the Court to hear their cases on appeal. According to Her Ladyship, the Central and Western
                         Court of Appeal would sit in Sekondi instead of Cape Coast as was the case previously, because ‘court facilities in
                         Cape Coast have deteriorated and Sekondi has stronger facilities’. The Court of Appeal in Kumasi would handle appeals
                         from Ashanti, Western North, Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions and also hear appeals from the Northern and
                         Upper Regions virtually. The Court of Appeal in Koforidua on the other hand would hear appeals from the Eastern, Volta and Oti Regions.




                        The Chief Justice informed the Judicial Press Corps that the Judicial Training Institute (JTI) had put together a curriculum
                        for para legal training, of which they could benefit, which would soon be available at a fee, subject to the approval of the
                        fees by the Ministry of Finance.


                                                                                    Members of the Judicial Press Corps asking questions


                             At the end of her presentation, the Hon. Lady Chief Justice fielded questions from the Judicial Press Corps, who were
                             later presented with information packs providing statistics on courts and their caseloads.

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