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10.10.2008 Regional News

Cape Coast gets new court

By Magdalene Sey, Cape Coast - Ghanaian Chronicle

For the effective dispensation of justice, an additional circuit court was on Wednesday inaugurated in Cape Coast, to reduce the work load of the judiciary in the metropolis.

The inauguration of the court, provided by the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly (CCMA), was in fulfilment of a promise made by the Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, when she paid visit to inspect the dilapidated Cape Coast Court Complex early this year.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, on behalf of Justice Georgina Woode, a Supreme Court Judge, Justice J. Dotse, explained that the provision of an additional circuit court for Cape Coast, was necessary because of its elevation to a metropolis.

Justice Dotse advised the Judicial Service workers, to adopt transparency, humility and also be free and fair in the dispensation of justice, in order to enhance the efficient delivery of justice.

He again advised judges to ensure a friendly environment to make the courts accessible to everyone.

The Central Regional Minister, Nana Ato Arthur, who was chairman for the occasion, noted that the provision of an additional court had come at an opportune time, where good governance and the rule of law prevailed.

He implored the judiciary to let the truth prevail in the discharge of their duties, in order not to jeopardise the principles of the rule of law.

The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Cape Coast, Ms. Mercy Arhin, commended the Chief Justice for the laudable project, and expressed the hope that the judiciary and the assembly would work in a cordial atmosphere.

The President of the Central Regional Bar Association, Peter Ababio, was grateful for the gesture, noting that the initiative would reduce the work load on judges in the region.

According to him the Central Regional Bar was committed to ensuring the fair and speedy administration of justice

He also commended the CCMA for releasing part of its offices to be used for a court, and called for an additional district magistrate court, as well as accommodation for the judicial staff in the region.