General News of Friday, 25 April 2014
The Judicial Service Staff Association (JUSAG) has written to the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, asking her to press Justice Yaw Apau, an Appeals Court Judge, to “withdraw” public claims of corruption he made on Wednesday against middle and junior staff of the Judiciary.
“People always talk about corruption on the bench; they think it is the judges who take money. Sometimes our Clerks, Court Registrars, even Lawyers are so involved in this dubious act,” the respected Judge, who chairs the body investigating past judgment debt payments in Ghana, said at Wednesday’s public sitting of the Commission.
He added, “My own interpreter collected a huge amount of money from someone assuring him that judgment would go in his favour without my knowledge. It was later that I got to know that he (my Clerk) collected an outrageous amount on my behalf”.
His comments appear to have rattled JUSAG, the umbrella association that protects the interests of staff of Ghana’s Judiciary countrywide.
In a letter to the Chief Justice, JUSAG Chairman, Francis Brakwa, said: “Much as we would agree that there are bad nuts in every institution, we seriously disagree with His Lordship, Justice Yaw Apau’s assertion that Registrars and Clerks were those corrupting the Judicial System.
“We must state that there are hard-working, honest and incorruptible Registrars and Clerks in the Judicial Service and we believe their contribution towards the administration of justice must be commended instead of [them] being labeled as corrupt officers”.