Judges in Ghana have said they are frustrated over the non-payment of their allowances.
The judges say they are being treated as though a favour is being done them with the payment of their allowances.
President of the Association of Judges and Magistrates who is also a Court of Appeal judge, Mr Senyo Dzamefe noted that judges have had to fight to ensure the payment of their allowances.
He described this situation as sad, a situation that must be addressed immediately.
Speaking during the 40th general meeting of the Association on Wednesday September 29, he said “Payment of allowances has become one of the biggest issues for the association.
“It is sad that judges in Ghana will have to fight every year for their legitimate allowances to be paid.
“Without mincing words we are so frustrated, we feel disrespected about the way our allowances are paid as if it is a favour being done us.”
He further lamented the deplorable state of some of the court buildings in the country and also the absence of closed-circuit televisions (CCTV) in the court.
“We also wish to mention the deplorable state of some court buildings in the country. We still do not have any CCTV in the Supreme Court room, let alone the other courts.”
For his part, the Chief Justice, Kwesi Anin-Yeboah said judges are supposed to be servants and not masters.
“We as judges in modern society are not potentates but rather servants. Servants of the people in the highest and most honorable sense.
“Our tasks are more defined which is why we are expected to perform it well and efficiently to be responsive and responsible. The modern day judge will suffer if the people see our institution as a citadel of entrenched elitism, exclusivity and privileged, ignorant to obvious changes and to the needs of the most honorable.
“Indeed, citizens will find it most hard to accept the judiciary as the guarantor of law and human rights if the judges themselves act in a discriminatory manner and I hope that this is not what is happening in this country.”
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana