Chief Justice His Lordship Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah has commissioned the first district court in Pakyi No2 in the Amansie West district of the Ashanti Region.
The facility is funded by the government through the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development in collaboration with the Common Fund Secretariat.
The new court building has been fully fitted with boreholes, solar power, generator sets and other facilities to enhance the delivery of quality justice.
The Chief Justice bemoaned the state of court buildings in the country which he said has continued to adversely affect the effective and timely delivery of justice.
“Over the years, a number of factors have militated against the effective operation of the courts generally and rendered our services to the people of Ghana sometimes ineffective. Key amongst these is the deplorable state of our physical infrastructure from which the justice needs of the people of this country are served.”
According to him, a needs assessment conducted nationwide by the judiciary in 2018-2019 revealed that a significant number of court buildings are unfit for the purpose of court business, a situation the Chief Justice described as worrisome.
Chief Justice Anin-Yeboah
Justice Anin Yeboah is however satisfied with the efforts and commitment of the government to address the challenge.
“Several meetings with the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development culminated in a bold declaration by the President two years ago, that government will construct 100 courthouses with bungalows for judges and magistrates across the country. Even though this may have been deemed as over-ambitious, today we have gathered to inaugurate this courthouse.”
On behalf of the Judicial Service, the Chief Justice thanked the President and all stakeholders, including UNICEF for their contributions and attention to the challenges of the judicial system.
The indefatigable DCE for Amansie West District, Hon. Nii Larteh Ollenu who spearhead the movement to ensure the construction of this court facility also spoke to media on what constitutes this monumental edifice.
In his statement, he thanked the Chief Justice and President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo for the magnificent facility.
He however pleaded on the Chief Justice to upgrade the court to the status of a circuit Court.
Hon Ollenu gave reasons that Amansie west has no Circuit Court at the moment.
What it has are district courts; one at Manso Nkwanta and the current one at Pakyi.
He explained that, Pakyi alone has 7 electoral areas and also highly populated. Adding that up with the big nature of the district, giving it a circuit Court will be a great relieve for residents within the Amansie West District.