I am pleased to be with you this morning to inaugurate the renovated Courthouse, i.e the District Court for the people of Manso Adubia and the entire Amansie South District of the Ashanti Region. I appreciate the presence of distinguished personalities who have taken time out of their busy schedules to share in this occasion.
By the Local Governance Act 1993, (Act 462) Section 10, (3) (g) the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies ‘shall ensure ready access to courts in the district for the promotion of justice.’
I therefore commend the Amansie South District Assembly, for living up to its responsibility and providing a decent and safe environment for quality justice delivery, and temporary accommodation for the Magistrate. Let me also commend the traditional authorities for their support in the conversion of an existing building into a courthouse.
This courthouse no doubt is a welcome development for residents of Manso Adubia, the Amansie South District, the entire people of Ashanti and Ghana as a whole. It will not only make justice meaningful, accessible and quick, but also add to the number of District Courts, and personnel of the Judicial Service nationwide, to achieve the objective of timely quality justice at the grassroots level, as well as help mitigate the Service’s infrastructural challenges.
It is very much in order, to note, that the courthouse comprises a Large Courtroom, Chambers for the Magistrate, a Registrar’s Office, a Recorder’s Office, a Cashier’s Office, an Office for the Docket Clerk and a General Office.
I am informed that a new District Police Headquarters building is in close proximity to this courthouse. This I expect to translate into improvement in safeguarding the Court, to ensure that the Magistrate, the staff and indeed members of the public have a safe environment to do court business.
After today’s inauguration, I expect that the justice needs of this growing district will be met in a timely manner. The Judicial Service on its part will ensure that the building and its facilities are maintained to justify the investment made by the Assembly.
I want to use this opportunity to remind the Magistrate and staff who will be working here, that I expect the highest form of professionalism in the discharge of your duties. Do not extort money from persons who patronize the services of the court.
Do not engage in any act that will bring the administration of justice into disrepute. You will not be spared when you are caught in any act of misconduct. I also want to encourage you to be firm, but fair, and to treat all persons you come across in the discharge your duties, with the utmost respect.
This building represents your office, where you will spend most of your time working for mother Ghana. Do your part to maintain it, by ensuring that it is always in good shape, and its facilities operate with optimum efficiency.
I appeal to you also, the people, who would patronize our services, not to bribe or influence any Judge/Magistrate or staff, with any gifts and or money.
To conclude, I would like to once again thank the Assembly for remodeling this courthouse. Thank you to everyone for being present at this inauguration and for your support in making this day a reality.
It is now my pleasure to declare this District Court, Manso Adubia, duly inaugurated and opened for use.
Thank you all for your attention.