Visiting judges at home is “forbidden” – Justice Agjei
A Justice of the Court of Appeal, Justice Dennis Adjei, has asked Ghanaians not to lose confidence in the judiciary despite allegations of corruption leveled against some of them.
He has also cautioned against visiting judges in their homes and their chambers to discuss cases being tried in the courts only to seek favours from the judges.
Justice Adjei said these at the inauguration of a new court in the Awutu-Senya district of the Central region, where he asked residents to refrain from engaging judges in their homes since it is against the law.
“If you have any case to resolve, go to the court room and not to the house of the judges who has come here.
“Don’t go and bring any persons to come and mediate, go to the court room and not to the chambers of the judges to discuss private matters. It is forbidden” he said.
The court of appeal justice, expressed optimism, the judiciary will continue to deliver justice despite the judicial scandal that has rocked the second arm of government
In an interview with TV3 he said “the good people of the republic of Ghana have mandated that judiciary to administer justice on their behalf and we want to assure that people of Ghana that we can deliver and we will.”
In the video released by Anas Aremeyaw Anas some of the judges welcomed people to their homes who had come there to discuss cases that the judges were presiding over.
He was not happy at the settling of rape and defilement cases at home and advised against it indicating that “the minimum sentence for rape is 5 years and that of defilement is 7 years. If we allow that person to go and settle the case at home, what happens to the offender?”
Justice Adjei also reminded residents of efforts at bringing justice to the door step of the people. He cited the location of appeal courts in strategic regions to stop litigants from travelling to Accra in search of justice.