Hundreds stranded in court due to state attorneys strike

Litigants, lawyers and some police prosecutors were left stranded at several of the country’s courts Tuesday, following the ongoing strike by state attorneys over poor conditions of service.

The state attorneys at the Attorney-Generals Department, who have declared an indefinite nationwide strike, say government has not taken them seriously since discussions on the issue commenced over a year ago.

TV3’s Ashanti Regional Correspondent, Ibrahim Abubakar, who visited the Kumasi Appeals Court Complex, the High Court and the Circuit Court, said people were left stranded as they met empty court rooms and offices.



He reports no activity was taking place as the entrances of the offices had red pieces of cloth hanging on them.

He says some persons who had appointment with state attorneys were frustrated because they seem not to have heard about the intended strike action or they simply did not take the threat seriously.

A stranded court attendant told TV3 he was unaware of the strike

According to Ibrahim Abubakar, the state attorneys at the Kumasi Appeals Court Complex numbering about thirteen, say they will not return to work until their demands are met.

Stranded court attendants

Earlier, the National Secretary to the state attorneys, Charles Ofori, said “we have withdrawn our service, we are not going to court and we are not going to do any legal work beginning immediately.”

The State Attorneys said they were shocked when Deputy Communications Minister, Ato Sarpong, met them on Monday only to be told “he (Ato Sarpong) was hearing of their concerns for the very first time.”

This the state attorneys say surprised them, adding that “the deputy minister is also saying that they are now going to set up a committee to look into their concerns.”

Charles Ofori further indicated “we’ve had enough and we are going on legal strike. We are lawyers, we know what to do, we have spoken and informed the National Labour Commission and we have started the strike.”

He lamented that other ranks of officials at the Attorney General’s office who are yet to be rationalized, included “Chief State, Principal State Attorneys, Senior State Attorneys, State Attorneys and Assistant State Attorney.”

A total of 151 lawyers which makes up the number of State Attorneys countrywide, are embarking on the strike which would affect almost all legal processes at the Attorney General’s Department.

By: Ebenezer Afanyi Dadzie/tv3network.com/Ghana

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Litigants, lawyers and some police prosecutors were left stranded at several of the country’s courts Tuesday, following the ongoing strike by state attorneys over poor conditions of service.

The state attorneys at the Attorney-Generals Department, who have declared an indefinite nationwide strike, say government has not taken them seriously since discussions on the issue commenced over a year ago.

TV3’s Ashanti Regional Correspondent, Ibrahim Abubakar, who visited the Kumasi Appeals Court Complex, the High Court and the Circuit Court, said people were left stranded as they met empty court rooms and offices.



He reports no activity was taking place as the entrances of the offices had red pieces of cloth hanging on them.

He says some persons who had appointment with state attorneys were frustrated because they seem not to have heard about the intended strike action or they simply did not take the threat seriously.

A stranded court attendant told TV3 he was unaware of the strike

According to Ibrahim Abubakar, the state attorneys at the Kumasi Appeals Court Complex numbering about thirteen, say they will not return to work until their demands are met.

Stranded court attendants

Earlier, the National Secretary to the state attorneys, Charles Ofori, said “we have withdrawn our service, we are not going to court and we are not going to do any legal work beginning immediately.”

The State Attorneys said they were shocked when Deputy Communications Minister, Ato Sarpong, met them on Monday only to be told “he (Ato Sarpong) was hearing of their concerns for the very first time.”

This the state attorneys say surprised them, adding that “the deputy minister is also saying that they are now going to set up a committee to look into their concerns.”

Charles Ofori further indicated “we’ve had enough and we are going on legal strike. We are lawyers, we know what to do, we have spoken and informed the National Labour Commission and we have started the strike.”

He lamented that other ranks of officials at the Attorney General’s office who are yet to be rationalized, included “Chief State, Principal State Attorneys, Senior State Attorneys, State Attorneys and Assistant State Attorney.”

A total of 151 lawyers which makes up the number of State Attorneys countrywide, are embarking on the strike which would affect almost all legal processes at the Attorney General’s Department.

By: Ebenezer Afanyi Dadzie/3news.com/Ghana

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