Justice Sophia Akuffo New CJ must prioritise development of judicial staff

The President of Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSSAG) Alex Nartey said the capacity development of the judicial staff will help improve the efficiency of its members.

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The Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSSAG) has called on the Chief Justice nominee, Justice Sophia Akuffo to develop the capacity of the judicial staff in the country.

The President of JUSSAG Alex Nartey told Accra-based Citi FM that this will help improve the efficiency of its members.

“The judicial service has been able to do much in terms of staff training and retraining and development. We are looking forward to this being looked at immediately. Sometimes we look at it in terms of cost and shy away from it.”

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“Some of the courts are in a deplorable state. It appears that most of the flashy buildings that the Judiciary has are in Accra and Kumasi. We also operate on the ground at the district level and we need to extend this infrastructure development to all the courts. It is an urgent area we are looking to.”

Mr Nartey however did not make any mention of issues concerning their allowances.

President Nana Akufo-Addo nominated Justice Sophia Akuffo as the next Chief Justice.

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She will take over from Mrs Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, who retires on June 8, 2017.

The president said he believes that Ms Akuffo will be fair and independent in her new role.

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He said: “She was my first junior in practice; she impressed me considerably with her hard work, independence of mind and spirit, honesty and integrity and deep-seated respect for the rule of law and abiding belief in the almighty God.”

“I have no doubt that Ms Akuffo would be a worthy successor to Chief Justice Wood and will uphold jealously the independence of the judiciary,” he said.

Justice Akuffo becomes Ghana’s second female Chief Justice after Wood.

Ms Akuffo is the next most senior on the highest court of the land after Mr Justice William Atuguba, who will soon retire.

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