The Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Justice Getrude Araba Esaaba Sackey Torkornoo, has commissioned the newly built Kwabenya Circuit Court complex at a colorful ceremony at Atomic, a suburb in the Ga East Municipality on Friday, 28th July 2023.
Supported by the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Hon. Elizabeth Kaakie Mann, Member of Parliament (MP) for Dome-Kwabenya Constituency, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, and President of the Ga East Chiefs' Association, Hon. Samuel Nii Adjetey Mohenu, the Chief Justice cut the tape to officially open the court building.
The construction started in 2021 and was completed in the early part of this year and replaces the old facility which was a rented building at Kwabenya.
The new Kwabenya Circuit Court building is part of Government's 98 courts and bungalows being constructed across the country funded through the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) and aims at addressing infrastructure deficit of the Judicial Service.
Addressing a durbar attended by traditional and religious leaders, Heads of Departments and Security Agencies, Assembly Members, market queens and leaders, political parties, and the public, the Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Gertrude Araba Esaaba Sackey Torkornoo, emphasized the crucial role of the judiciary in the development of the nation.
She stated that the courts help in regulating human behaviors, resolving disputes, upholding societal norms and culture, and safeguarding and promoting peace, security, and order, among others, which are significant building blocks for the advancement of the country.
Her Ladyship Chief Justice underscored the importance of fairness and discipline in making sure that everyone who wants their services will feel welcomed and have great confidence in the Justice system.
The Chief Justice commended the Government for the initiative to enhance the judicial infrastructure and thanked the DACF Secretariat for providing the needed funds to achieve this feat.
She bemoaned the high number of land litigation cases recorded at the Kwabenya Circuit Court and appealed to the stakeholders, particularly traditional authorities, to assist the court to facilitate the redress of land disputes which could be sort through the Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanism attached to it.
She stressed that the new facility would enhance the delivery of justice in the Municipality and urged the residents not to hesitate in seeking redress through the court.
The Chief Justice advised officials of the Judicial Service at the Kwabenya Circuit Court to demonstrate professionalism in the delivery of Justice and serve the interest of the people in line with the laid down procedures and relevant protocols and be fair and disciplined in their work.
“I say to you that fairness and discipline should be major characteristics of your proceedings in the court room as appointed Judge and judicial officials”.
Her Ladyship thanked the Assembly for facilitating the acquisition of the land and construction of the court building.
She engaged the people in an interactive session after her address to respond to some pertinent issues regarding justice delivery.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. Elizabeth Kaakie Mann, said the Assembly was proud to be a beneficiary of the initiative by the Government to construct a permanent facility for the Kwabenya Circuit Court which hitherto was in a rented building since its establishment in 2016.
She, on behalf of the Assembly, expressed her heartfelt gratitude to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Government, and the Judicial Service "for considering the Ga East Municipal Assembly as a worthy place to benefit from this project".
She also extended appreciation to the Member of Parliament (MP) for Dome-Kwabenya Constituency, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, "through whose initiative this project came into being and the Administrator of, Hon. Irene Naa Torshie Addo Lartey Esq, for providing funding for the project".
The Hon. MCE also expressed immense thanks to the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) for the release of the parcel of land for this project. Indeed, this is not the only project GAEC has provided land for.
"They have released land for the siting of the Kwabenya-Atomic Market, few meters behind this Court Building, NHIS Office, Kwabenya Police Barracks and Station, a Warehouse with Offices and Accommodation facilities, ongoing construction of DVLA Office, as well as designated sites for the construction of Retention Pond and Waste Transfer Station under the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) project", she added.
She informed the CJ that one of the considerations of the Assembly which encouraged the establishment of the Kwabenya Circuit court was to facilitate the speedy prosecution of Sanitation offenders and hoped that it will work with the Assembly to make ensure this important goal is achieved.
“We cannot emphasize enough the impact of this facility to us as an Assembly, not only in the administration of justice in the Municipality but that the Assembly has been relieved of the huge financial burden of servicing the rent payment of the old building in the past seven years. It is therefore.
our prayer and hope that this court would cooperate with us to ensure this critical objective is achieved to help realize the vision of the President to make Greater Accra the Cleanest City in Africa” she stated.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Dome-Kwabenya Constituency, Hon. Sarah ADWOA Safo, said she was pleased and excited to see her dream of putting up this edifice in her Constituency come to pass.
She commended the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and the former CJ, His Lordship Justice Anim Yeboah, for his significant roles in ensuring her Constituency benefited from the project.
She also thanked the DACF Administrator, GAEC and the Hon. MCE for their respective roles in making the project see the light of day.
The Chief of Abokobi and President of the Ga East Chiefs' Association, Hon. Samuel Nii Adjetey Mohenu, also thanked the MP and expressed excitement on seeing the Chief Justice of the Republic in his jurisdiction.
He assured the MP of the Dome-Kwabenya Constituency, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo and the CJ that the traditional authorities will work closely with the Circuit Court to make court proceedings run smooth and also help maintain the facility.
“I am very happy to see the Chief Justice of the Republic, the MP and glad that Circuit Court has finally been completed and commissioned. I assure you that we are willing and will help the Judicial Service to run this Court smoothly and aid you with every information the Service may need”, he said.
Among the dignitaries at the event were the Presiding Member (PM), Hon. Jesse Nii Noi Anum, Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD), Mr. Nii-Amarh Ashitey, and the Dome-Kwabenya Constituency Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Robert Osei Bonsu.