Accra Courts Complex to be ready in October

buildThe US$50 million multifaceted Court Complex in Accra will be ready for use by October 1, 2015, said Mr. Justice Adjoteye, Deputy Head of Works at the Judicial Service.

The new courts will accommodate all the 42 high courts in Accra in addition to providing clinical and banking services to the beneficiaries of the facility.

Contractors on site told journalists during an inspection tour of the facility yesterday that work was 92 per cent complete, indicating that installation of Information and Communications systems was the only work left to be done.

It is expected that the seven-level edifice would offer comfort and relief to the staff of the Judicial Service, lawyers, accused and clients in terms of the location of the courts which were hitherto scattered all over.

Also included in the facility are wash rooms, a library and a media briefing centre.

Mr. Tony Yeboah Asare of Avangarde Designs Services, said the court was disability friendly, stressing that the design and specifications were done in consultation with the various stakeholders.

He said the beneficiaries would access other services, while pursuing their cases in court.

He said clients would converge on a basement before being taken to the various courts in elevators.

The Director of Communications at the Judicial Service, Mrs. Grace Tagoe, cautioned the public to pay service fees through the bank, and not through court bailiffs.

She said it was not right to pay such fees to the bailiffs, insisting that in instances where monies are paid to bailiffs, instant receipts should be demanded.

That, she said would address the erroneous impression the public holds of the Judiciary.

The project, being undertaken by the China State Hualong Construction Limited, is a turn-key project funded by the government of Ghana in 2011.

The sod-cutting was performed by the late President Professor John Evans Atta Mills, to provide efficient and effective service delivery by the Judiciary.

By Malik Sullemana

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