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CJ WARNS JUDGES, OTHERS AGAINST CORRUPTION

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As part of the national crusade to sanitise the civil and public service in enhancing good governance at all levels of society, the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, has issued a strong warning to judges, magistrates and staff of the judicial service to “flee” from corruption.

As part of the national crusade to sanitise the civil and public service in enhancing good governance at all levels of society, the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, has issued a strong warning to judges, magistrates and staff of the judicial service to “flee” from corruption.

 

In issuing that warning, the Chief Justice explained that corruption in the judiciary undermines the rationale for its existence and erodes public trust and confidence in that very important arm of government.

She also assured Ghanaians that the Service would continually explore more effective responses and severe penalties to completely eradicate the menace of corruption among the staff.

Ms Akuffo gave the warning when she launched the Public Complaint Unit and Anti- Corruption Campaign in Cape Coast, the ancient capital of the central region on Tuesday, as part of her five-day working visit to the region.

She said the public complaint unit which was established in 2003 to promote good governance, transparency and fair administering of justice had been decentralised for effective implementation in all regions and hoped that its outworking would positively impact the local communities in helping maintain day-to-day peace and stability among ordinary people.

The Chief Justice also reiterated the commitment of the judiciary to address and eradicate all forms of corruption and ensure that opportunities were not created for corruption to thrive.

“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 stated.

“Corruption cannot and will not be tolerated because it leads to self-help and self-help breaks down law and order; and the breakdown of law and order, collapses the nation. Therefore, we are taking it very seriously” she added.

Justice Angeline Kormachari, Director of Public Complaints of the Judicial Service who commended the C.J. for the initiative, hoped that the unit also serve as an internal mechanism within the Service for sanitising the Service so that public confidence in the country’s judicial system is further enhanced.