President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday cut the sod for work to begin on a new Court of Appeal complex and residential accommodation for Court of Appeal judges in Kumasi.
President Akufo-Addo said the only Court of Appeal structure located in Accra slow appellate proceedings in the northern sector, resulting in a considerable backlog of cases requiring attention.
“Indeed, the itinerant Court of Appeal, moving from Accra to sit in Kumasi, Tamale, Ho, Koforidua and Cape Coast, delays the adjudication process,” he stated.
The establishment of a permanent, modern Court of Appeal complex in Kumasi, President Akufo-Addo indicated, would help improve the justice delivery system in the northern sector of the country.
With the collaboration of the Ministry of Local Government and the District Assembly Common Fund, 20 townhouses and a guesthouse are being built to be used as permanent residences for Court of Appeal Judges based in Kumasi, who will be mandated to handle cases in the northern part of the country.
The project, which is expected to be completed in eight months, will mean that appeals from Upper West, Upper East, Savannah, North East, Northern, Bono, Bono East, Ahafo, Western North and Ashanti Regions will be conveniently heard within a much shorter period.
President Akufo-Addo said the government, through the Ministry of Local Government and the District Assembly Common Fund, had begun the construction of 90 courts with accompanying accommodation for judges across the country, to help address the problem of inadequate court infrastructure.
“The government will continue to implement policies to advance the rule of law and, thereby, reinforce the confidence of the people and shore up our nation’s reputation as a country governed by the rule of law,” he added.
The Chief Justice Anin Yeboah and the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu, were at the ceremony.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD