Cape Coast Court Complex closed down

Broken roof

Broken roof

A number of people with cases at the Cape Coast Court Complex in the Central region were disappointed to hear that the court has been closed for assessment to be made on the structure.

Some said that they were not privy to the announcement regarding the closure of the court for two days.

At around 9am yesterday, some clients were seen chatting among themselves as they were informed of the new development.

Many of the clients who were scheduled to appear before the court were devastated as to the shutdown of services but were also happy at the turn of event looking at the state of the building.

A client, who gave his name as Bismark Hayford, said that, the Court Complex was a death trap waiting for disaster to occur and prayed that the necessary action would be taken on it as soon as possible.

There are visible cracks in the building with some officials complaining of some of the concrete slabs peeling off.

Some officials of the Judicial Service who had reported to the office had to pass on the information to clients and to plead for their indulgence.

The state of the court complex has been a worry for a number of years now with staff of the service and clients expressing worry about the state of affairs.

The Judicial Service issued a statement on Tuesday informing the public about the shut of the building for public use assessment by building experts after cracks were detected in the structure.

A statement signed by the Judicial secretary, Justice Alex B.Poku-Acheampong, said the closure has become necessary due to a report received by the Chief Justice on the condition of the building, especially the concrete slab which requires immediate attention.

It explained that management has invited architects from AESL to evaluate the state of the building.

The court complex houses nine courts; namely the court of Appeal, three High courts, two Commercial courts, two Circuit Courts and a District Court.

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