Gov’t to construct 90 courts, Judges’ accommodation across the country
The government through the Ministry of Local Government and the District Assembly Common Fund has commenced, in an unprecedented initiative, the construction of ninety (90) Courts with accompanying accommodation for judges across the country.
Date Created : 3/10/2021 12:00:00 AM : Story Author : Ghanadistricts.com
President Akufo Addo who gave the hint when he presented the message on the State of the Nation Address on Tuesday, March 9, said the move would help address the problem of inadequate court infrastructure.
He however assured that most of these structures are already at advanced stages of completion.
He added that, through the same medium, twenty (20) townhouses and a guesthouse are being built to be used as permanent residences for Court of Appeal Judges based in Kumasi, who are mandated to handle cases in the northern part of the country.
According to the president, with the coming into force of the Courts Regulation 2020, LI 2429, on 16th December 2020, the relevant sections of the Courts Act (Act 459) have been amended and have led to an expansion of the jurisdiction of the Lower Courts.
“Indeed, prior to the amendment, the monetary values of cases that could be heard by the District and Circuit Courts were twenty thousand (GH¢20,000) and fifty thousand cedis (GH¢50,000) respectively.
Today, the District Court’s jurisdiction over cases brought before it has been increased to five hundred thousand cedis (GH¢500,000), whereas that of the Circuit Court has been increased to two million cedis (GH¢2 million). “
He said this increase in jurisdiction will ensure that more cases are heard in the District and Circuit Courts, thus easing the burden on the High Courts. All these measures will go a long way to enhance justice delivery in the country and help consolidate the rule of law.