JUSSAG Investigates Embezzlement Of Court Fines

The Judicial Service is set to organize an emergency meeting soon over what it describes as regrettable revelations about embezzlement of funds in some courts in the country.

the Service has also blamed the situation largely on the difficulty in transferring the monies to banks especially in the rural areas where some of the Courts are located.

This comes after a report by the Daily Graphic newspaper on Monday, February,5 that thousands of cedis accrued from court fines and fees have been lost due to alleged corruption and embezzlement at the Adjabeng Court Registry in Accra.

The paper reported that the monies which had to be paid into the consolidated fund, were embezzled by some cashiers of the Registrar’s office, and further revealed two court officials had admitted guilt on the matter when confronted with evidence.

Speaking to XYZ News, president of the Judicial Service Association of Ghana,(JUSSAG), Alex Nartey admitted the likelihood of widespread abuse of such funds and said an emergency meeting will soon be called to address the menace.

Though he did not mention an exact time, he said the meeting would thoroughly tackle the issue and bring out ways to curb the disgraceful act which might be going on in other parts of  the country.

Meanwhile some Lawyers say they are not surprised at the revelations in the Daily Graphic newspaper publication.

They claim systems are not well-structured giving room for such forms of embezzlement.

Private legal practitioner, Victor Adawudu who spoke to XYZ News said structures need to be put in place to monitor how the said funds are used so as to prevent further financial leakages in the Judicial system.


Source: Ghana/myxyzonline.com

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