Madam Georgina Theodora Wood, the Chief Justice, has appealed to chiefs to desist from using their offices to settle criminal matters.
She said cases like rape, robbery, defilements and the use of offensive weapons were felonies which attracted custodial sentences, and should be handled by the courts, not chiefs and opinion leaders.
Chief Justice Wood made the appeal in a speech read on her behalf by Mr Justice Denis Adjei, an Appeal Court Judge, at the inauguration of a Circuit and District Magistrate Court at Odupongkpehe Ofaakor in the Awutu-Senya East Municipality.
The project was funded by DANIDA.
She said people who indulged in criminal acts should be prosecuted at the courts.
“The main essence of setting up of courts is to ensure expeditious settling of cases to help bring sanity in the society,” she said.
The Chief Justice advised the staff who would work at the facility to live up to expectation by ensuring that they issued out receipts of payments to people who filed their documents for litigation.
She urged the public to report any court official who would fail to issue receipts to the authorities.
Mrs Wood also commended the chiefs for releasing the land for the construction of the courts and appealed to them to continue to support the courts.
Dr Adams Nuhu, Awutu-Senya East Municipal Chief Executive, said high population growth had a link with the high incidence of crime and expressed the hope that the provision of the facility would go a long way to help curb criminal activities.
Nai Awoshie Tetteh, Chief of Odupong kpehe Ofaakor, commended the government for the honour done the area and said they were ready to release land for the construction of a municipal hospital and other projects.
Abokuadi Wyettey Agyeman Otabil III, the Paramount Chief of Awutu Traditional area, chaired the ceremony.-GNA.