Let us respect the principles of fairness and impartiality – Chief Justice

Let us respect the principles of fairness and impartiality – Chief Justice

Chief Justice Gertrude Torkornoo Chief Justice Gertrude Torkornoo

Chief Justice Gertrude Araba Esaaba Sackey Torkornoo reminded the judiciary of the need to uphold the principles of fairness and remain impartial in order to maintain the people’s confidence in the justice system.

She said that court personnel must also make the premises of the various courts more user-friendly for people accessing justice and strengthen the justice delivery system.

The Chief Justice made the reminder in a speech read on her behalf by Justice Gabriel Nene Kwao Mate-Teye of the Sunyani High Court during the inauguration of a new courthouse for the Fiapre Circuit Court in the Sunyani West Municipality.

Ms Torkornoo advised court staff to strive to “treat everyone entering the court premises with the utmost respect and dignity and to make the environment more welcoming to them”.

The Sunyani West Municipal Assembly funded the construction of the courthouse to facilitate the administration of justice in the municipality.

Ms Torkornoo said justice system personnel should embody the core values ​​of the judicial service, stressing the need for them to ensure that everyone has unhindered access to justice.

She said fairness, transparency and impartiality remained the hallmarks of the judiciary, advised the staff to also protect the rights and freedoms of the people and further urged them to work with humility and also maintain their integrity.

“Your conduct, both inside and outside the courtroom, has the power to shape lives, communities and the fabric of society,” she said.

Ms Torkornoo thanked the City Assembly for funding the courthouse, saying it represented an unwavering commitment to upholding the rule of law.

Bono Regional Minister Justina Owusu-Banahene has warned youths against the get-rich-quick syndrome, popularly known as sakawa, and urged them to live decent lives so as not to get into trouble.

She also urged parents to monitor the whereabouts of their teenage children and strive to meet their adolescent needs so that they are not drawn into secret and occult societies.

She warned the youth that the law would not spare those who find wealth through illegal means, saying that “the practice of sakawa will not end well for you but will rather ruin your future.”

She congratulated the Municipal Assembly for the courthouse, saying it would go a long way in facilitating and strengthening the justice delivery system in the municipality.