The people of Mampong and its surrounding towns in the Ashanti Region and beyond can now boast of a High Court building worthy of its name that reflects the authority and dignity of not only theJudiciary but the State.

The new one-storey building with two Courtrooms, which will serve Mampong and
surrounding towns like Juaben, Effiduase Asokore, Nsuta, Ejura Sekyedumase and
Agona, has adequate offices to accommodate two Registries.

It comes complete with two
Judge’s Chambers, offices for Cashiers, Bailiffs, a Docket Room, ADR Room, Washrooms for Staff and Court Users.

It also has a five KVA Solar Power facility in addition to a 40 KVA Generator Set as back up energy support and a borehole toguarantee regular water supply.

Inaugurating the edifice, the Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Justice Gertrude Sackey Torkornoo, described access to justice as a critical value to the nation, stressing the need for all citizens to have access to it, especially, the vulnerable.

“Without justice there can be no order, without order there can be no peace, without peace, there can be no prosperity. And so for every nation that seeks to go forward, it is critical that access to justice is given to all and sundry, especially, the vulnerable.”

She added “this edifice, which has a long history is structured in such a way that the
physically impaired can have access to it…It contains all facilities necessary for justice administration in modern times”.

The Chief Justice entreated staff of the Judicial Service who will be working there to eschew any form of malpractices and work with integrity.

“..The Judicial Service that functions with integrity, is the kind of Service that the people of Ghana deserve.This is a Service in which Bailiffs do not exploit citizens. It is a Service that Registrars do not exploit citizens. It is a Service in which justice delivery is done in an environment of transparency, propriety, independence, competence, diligence and appropriateness,” the CJ said.

Chief Justice Torkornoo paid tribute to her predecessors; Chief Justices Sophia Akuffo and Anin Yeboah for their respective roles played tomaking the opening of the new High
Court building in Mampong become a reality.
She also commended the Paramount Chief of Mampong; Daasebre Osei Bonsu I and the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) Administrator; Madam Irene Naa Torshie Addo for their immeasurable support.

The Paramount Chief and President of the Mampong Traditional Council, Daasebre Osei Bonsu I inhis remarks appealed to theChief Justice to post adequatestaff to work inthe
newly inaugurated edifice, whiles asking for more courts with the required logistics, especially a Circuit Court.

“I would, therefore like to appeal to your good office to provide Mampong with a Circuit Court in addition. The mampong Courts serve a very wide geographical area, as far as
the Ejura, Attebubu, and Kajeji areas. With provision of a Circuit Court, therefore, other lower cases could be handled to ease the pressure on the Magistrate Court as it is now.”

The Administrator ofthe DACF, Madam Naa Torshie Addo thanked the Executive and Legislative arms of government for making it possible to build these courthouses all over the country, adding, that “this is one of the greatest achievements of the Fund”.

The Mampong Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. Thomas Appiah Kubi was full of praise for the Mamponghene “for his generosity in releasing this land for the construction of this edifice”, and hoped it would be well maintained.

The Member of Parliament for Mampong, Hon. Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, also expressed his deepest appreciation to all role players for their immense contribution towards the building of the new courthouse.

Accompanying the Chief Justice was the Judicial Secretary; H/LJustice Cyra Pamela C. A. Koranteng (JA), as well as other members of the Bench.

The event was also graced by the Queen mother of Mampong; Nana Agyakoma Difie II, Heads of Institutions and Agencies, the Clergy, members of the Mampong Municipal Assembly and the community.

Source: Inusah