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General News of Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Source: Sampson Manu

Ultra modern high court inaugurated in Obuasi

The Ashanti Regional Minister,Honorable John Alexander Ackon and the Municipal Chief Executive for Obuasi,Honorable Richard Ofori Agyeman Boadi have inaugurated a state of the arts High Court in Obuasi.t.The official commissioning of the project was held on Friday, 12th August,2016 at New Nyamebekyere,a suburb of Obuasi.This means Obuasi now has a High Court,Magistrate Court and a District Court.

Delivering a speech on behalf of Her Lady Chief Justice,His Lordship Justice Dennis Dominic Adjei, Justice of the Court of Appeal who was the special guest on the day appealed to all stakeholders to assist the Court to exercise its constitutional mandate without fear or favor.He revealed that, Obuasi now joins Kumasi Metro and Mampong Municipal as the only three (3) districts with a functioning High Court in the Ashanti Region.

He admonished the general public to respect the Courts' decisions to refer matters to Court connected Alternative Dispute Resolution (A.D.R) for settlement.He further appealed to the public to eschew what he termed 'Self help',a situation where people usurp the adjudication powers of the Courts and settle matters themselves without recourse to the Courts.His Lordship Adjei made reference to Act 459,Section 73 of the Courts Act 1993 which explicitly emphasized that cases like felony,rape,defilement, armed robbery and other related cases should not be settled at home.

He gave the Municipal Chief Executive for Obuasi, Honorable Richard Ofori Agyeman Boadi a pat on the back for such a monumental project and for the provision of accommodation for the Magistrate and the registrar. He added that with the appointment of His Lordship Charles Gyamfi Dankwa as Judge to the High Cour ,Justice would be served for the people of Obuasi.

The Municipal Chief Executive for Obuasi Honorable Richard Ofori Agyeman Boadi who could not hide his joy for fulfilling his dream to carry out vigorous infrastructural development that will bring transformation to the people of Obuasi said,he is only emulating the shining examples of his predecessor, Honorable John Alexander Ackon who during his tenure brought massive infrastructural development to Obuasi .
The aspiring legislator said, the High Court will serve the needs of not only the people of Obuasi but also that of surrounding towns like Assin Praso and Dunkwa in the Central Region,Fomena,New Edubiase Bekwai,Jacobi,Manso Nkwanta and other nearby communities. He again appealed to judges to give room for justice to be served fairly and equitably.

On his part, the Ashanti Regional Minister,Honorable John Alexander Ackon commended the Municipal Chief Executive for Obuasi for fulfilling his promise of providing Obuasi with an ultra modern High Court.He felicitated the administrative body of the Obuasi Municipal Assembly for their immense contribution towards the achievement and excellent delivery of their mandate.

He appealed to the general public to help maintain the building and all its facilities for the benefit of all. " I will also advise all political and traditional authorities to eschew the habit of interfering in cases brought before the Law Courts. We must learn to trust our Judicial system, he said".

Nana Gyamerah Yiakwan II, Kwapiahene who represented the Adansihene in a brief speech, thanked the President of Ghana, His Excellency John Mahatma and the Municipal Chief for Obuasi for the enviable project for the people of Adansiman and Ghana as a whole.

It must be noted that the Obuasi High Court has appalette jurisdiction over all the neighbouring District Courts and all land,criminal and other matters that may be referred to it.

The commissioning ceremony was also witnessed by Traditional Leaders,Members of the Clergy, Assembly members,Staff of the Judicial Service,Officers of the Obuasi Municipal Assembly and the Media.