Accra, June 16, GNA - Justice Sophia Abena Abroma Akuffo, the Chief Justice Nominee on Friday gave the assurance that upon her approval, she would use technology for dispensation of justice to reduce the duration of cases and the cost to litigating parties.
She acknowledged the delays in the completion of cases and assured that she would work consciously to prevent delays.
“I believe that a lot needed to be done to reduce the time for completing cases especially with advancement in technology.
“Ghana and for that matter Africa, mostly refer to the Western world for the administration of justice, however, over the past decades, the continent and Ghana had made great strides in using technology in the adjudication of cases,“ she explained.
Justice Akuffo gave the assurance when she appeared before the Parliament’s Appointments Committee at the Parliament House, in Accra, for vetting.
The nominee said she was passionate about quality justice delivery, stability and development of the nation and, would therefore, strive to ensure the integrity of justice dispensation.
She said she would ensure technology was applied at the courts in the remotest part of the country using solar energy adding; “it will be one of the programmes I will roll-out to improve the process to ensure judiciary integrity”.
Asked how she would improve public perception of corruption of the judiciary, she said, quality justice delivery and integrity would be her hallmark as the dispensation of justice would be opened and transparent.
She said the perception of Judiciary corruption was a double edged sword and that the public must be abreast with the court processes and have correct expectations.
According to him, as much as justice delayed is justice denied the parties involved in any legal tussle must also understand that justice hurried is justice buried, therefore, there was the need for the courts to follow due process in applying the law.
The Chief Justice nominee cautioned judicial staff who involved themselves in acts of indiscipline would be dealt with in accordance with the code of conduct regulating their work.
The nominee assured that she would work to uplift the image of the judiciary by continuing with the initiatives instituted by her predecessor to enhance judiciary integrity and champion programmes to ensure those processes worked effectively.
Answering question regarding calls by some sections of the public to allow lawyers to advertise on the social media, she said it was improper and distasteful because the law frowned on it, saying; ‘”it did not fall within the permissible rules of legal practice”.