19th July 2023


The Tema West Municipal Assembly led by the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Anna Naa Adukwei Addo and the Chief Justice, Mrs. Gertrude Esaaba Sackey Torkornoo on the 19th of July 2023 commissioned the Baatsonaa District Court Complex at the Tema West Municipality.

The court has a well-furnished courtroom, withholding cells for both males and females, ultramodern washrooms, and an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) office for residents to settle their disputes.

Speaking at the commissioning, the Chief Justice, Mrs. Gertrude Esaaba Sackey Torkornoo stated that, the facility would be a permanent and convenient place for Justice delivery for the people in the community and other communities as well.

According to her, the court will deal with cases it had jurisdiction over, stressing that a higher ethical standard would be expected from the practitioners of the court system as far as Justice delivery was concerned.

She hinted that, it would be possible for more people to see justice dispensed from those range, adding that the court premises remained a public avenue for all to explore.

Her Justice Esaaba Sackey Torkornoo later commended the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) directorate, the Tema West Municipal Assembly, the traditional authorities, and all stakeholders for ensuring the District Court was completed as scheduled.

She further called on all well-meaning citizens to support the district court to serve the purpose for which it was constructed.

After commissioned the court, the Chief Justice held a public forum to educate the citizens on how the justice system works.

The Chief Justice later explained that, the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) was established to fast-track cases that could be resolved just by building some consensus not necessarily going through a process which could take longer to deal with.

She said the cases dealt with at ADR usually remained confidential as they were between the parties involved, only as opposed to the court system, where they are opened to the public.

According to her, ADR cases do not go for appeal, adding that once there is consensus, the parties would be made to sign an undertaking to guide the fulfillment of their part of the commitment.

She clarified that ADR’s were the best and fastest way to solve many civil cases among aggrieved parties without necessarily initiating a court process, which could take a very long time.

Mrs. Gertrude Esaaba Sackey Torkornoo later advised Ghanaians especially those within the municipality not to pay for mediation charges at any Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) deliberations since the mediators at the various ADR outlets have been paid by the government hence there was no need for aggrieved parties to pay for their services after mediations.

In her welcome address, Hon. Anna Naa Adukwei Addo, the Municipal Chief Executive, noted that, the Judiciary system was the backbone of the rule of law and democracy, saying, a strong judicial system was essential to good governance and the social protection of its citizens and resources.

Hon. Anna Naa Adukwei Addo, also noted the Municipal Assembly did not exist only to exercise political and administrative duties but also to cooperate with national and local security agencies for the maintenance of security and public safety within the municipality.

According to the MCE, the commissioning of the court would give impetus to the fight against crime through accessibility to justice and the punished of those found culpable of the crime.

Source: TWMA/PRO