Chief justice, Ms. Sophia Akuffo has indicated her interest to protect the laws and rules that governs the country.
In her speech at the launched of Public Complaint Unit and Anti- Corruption Campaign in Cape Coast , Ms. Sophia Akuffo issued a strong warning to judges, magistrates and staff of the judiciary to “flee” from corruption because it undermines the motive for the existence of the judiciary and eliminate public trust and confidence in it.
She had consequently assured Ghanaians that the Service would continually explore more effective responses and severe penalties to completely remove the occurrences of corruption from the judiciary system.
She said, public complain unit which was established in 2003 to promote good governance, transparency and fair administering of justice had been decentralized to all regions and hopes that it would further embrace the local people.
The Chief Justice reiterated the commitment of the judiciary to address and forgo all forms of corruption and ensure that opportunities are not created for corruption to thrive.
She stated that, “The judiciary takes complaints of corruption extremely seriously and will submit anyone against who a valid complaint is made to the disciplinary process in terms of the law and in the case of superior court judges, in terms of the impeachment procedure set out in the constitution”.
She further emphasized that; corruption will not be entertained because it brings nations down.
“Corruption cannot and will not be tolerated because it leads to self-help and self-help breaks down law and order and break down of law and order, collapses nation. Therefore we are taking it very seriously”.
Adding, she said, the judiciary regarded the integrity of judges, magistrates and staff of the judicial service as critical and has therefore increased its focus on ethics and integrity to ensure that only the best were appointed to positions of authority.
However, she said a new recruitment procedure had been introduced to ensure that committed and highest standard persons are appointed as judges and magistrates.
She ended by encouraging judges and staff of the judiciary service to be role models to the public to generate public confidence in the judicial system.
By: Rita Gyenkel/pinkfmonlinegh.com