Scores of persons including litigants and private legal practitioners who visited some Law Courts in the Kumasi Metropolis were left stranded because members of the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSSAG) had declared an indefinite strike action.
The Association began a nationwide strike to compel Government settle their allowances which have stalled since mid last year.
A visit to the Kumasi High Court and the Court of Appeal complex, revealed that all the offices including the entrances of these courts were locked up, with red bands tied on them.
Some litigants who showed up for their cases expressed disappointment and worried that the development might have consequences on their cases.
“I am a bit disappointed because it is a normal working day and lawyers are not here working. I am very surprise,”
one of the litigants complained.
Most of the persons who turn up to the various courts were not aware of the strike action by the JUSSAG.
“I was here yesterday to file my document and I could not finish up and I have to come back today to complete the process only to be informed that they are on strike so I could not enter,” another person said.
Some private legal practitioners who also went to court to continue proceedings to various cases were not left out of the disappointment as they expressed concerns about how the strike action would have an impact on their cases.
“As a private practitioner, we work by-day meaning you work and take your money as I speak my clients are here, but because there was no proceedings, they will not even give me money for transport,” one counselor indicated.
Others were also unhappy about the posture of the Government on the issue; failing to settle the arrears of the workers all the while.
Meanwhile, the members of JUSSAG, present at various court premises at the time of visit, declined to comment on the issue.