The Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo has called on Judges to end the culture of giving monies to members of the Judicial service.
Delivering the keynote address at the 37th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association of Magistrates and Judges of Ghana, the CJ said the age-old practice ought to be brought to an end as it is helping to entrench corruption in the judiciary.
“I know this practice has persisted over a long period, but I believe it is time for us to put a stop to it as Judges, as it contributes to the culture of corruption in our institution,” she said.
The CJ said she does not understand why some judicial officers are offered money for rendering services they are paid to undertake.
“Judicial Service Staff, be they Directors, Senior or Junior Staff, are paid by the State to undertake their official duties. Any ‘thank you’ must not go beyond the verbal, and that should be it!,” she said at the meeting,” she added.
Ms Sophia Akufo also admonished the judges to take good care of their health as according to her, the demands of the profession is having a toll of the lives of judges in the country.
“The health and well-being of Judges is an extremely important matter because Judges are at the heart of the justice delivery system of any country. Our Constitution takes due cognizance of this imperative and makes the inability to perform the functions of the Judge’s office due to infirmity of body or mind a ground for the removal of the Judge from the Bench.
“Judgeship is a demanding job – requiring the delicate balancing of competing interests, applying the facts to the evidence adduced and reaching a just conclusion according to law. As societies have become more complex, so have crimes and civil disputes increased. This has undoubtedly put a greater strain and stress on the demands of our job,” she stressed.
Source: Ghana | Angelfmonlinegh.com | KWAKU NTI