President John Mahama, last Friday, inaugurated the 50 million new Court Complex in Accra, to give the Judiciary, a new lease of life in the midst of the on-going investigation into recent allegation of bribery against some members of the judiciary. The complex comprises 10 land and commercial courts each, six criminal and general jurisdiction courts. The Complex also has three divorce and matrimonial courts, two financial and economic courts and two human rights courts. Provisions were also made for two labour courts and one probate and administration courts.
The Court Complex has been inaugurated at a critical time in the history of the Judiciary, following the investigative journalistic piece of Anas Aremeyaw Anas, which has unravelled alleged corruption of some judges. A close, critical and in-depth analysis must be made relative to the glaring moral break down in our society and the absence of moral integrity and probity in significant sectors of our society. That must have informed the Chief Justice, Mrs. Theodora Wood, to say that in the appointment of Judges there will be focus on moral and ethical values. It hoped that all morally bankrupt judges, registrars and clerks would reform as they enter the new edifice of 42 court rooms and adjoining judge’s chambers and registries.
We should all be mindful of the fact that the Ghanaian society bears the classic hallmarks of a feudal society where individuals are accorded status, social influence, respect and uninhibited adulation according to their perceived place in society and material affluence. An individual’s concrete contribution to society’s material progress or development is insignificant without the display of financial opulence. For instance, individuals who are alleged to be involved in drug smuggling and other nefarious activities are accorded respect and dignity without taking account of the alleged criminality.
The nation has been offered a massive opportunity, by Anas’ expose and the inauguration of the new court complex, for a thorough soul searching in order to guarantee a brighter future for the younger generation. It is satisfying to learn that the court complex has a dedicated closed-circuit television and uninterrupted power systems in addition to high-capacity standby generators. This means that members of the public who visit the court premises and offices with ulterior motives such as attempting to entice judicial service staff, are advised to revise their notes since the CCTV could capture them live. It is not too late for all of us to lend a hand of support to the Chief Justice, at this difficult moment of her ladyship, to rid the Judiciary of corruption.
BY: DAN OSMAN MWIN, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS, MINISTRY OF EDUCATION.