The president of the Ashanti Regional Branch of the Ghana Bar Association has sided with assertions made by the sole commissioner on Judgment debts that judicial staffs are to blame for the perceived corruption in the judicial service.
Justice Yaw Appau in his judgment debt sittings expressed concern about the falling of public confidence in the judicial service attributing it to court Clerks, registrars and lawyers who collect bribes with the claim to influence judges.
Supporting the statements, Lawyer Yaw Boafo explained that corruption among judges only remains a perception as there hasn’t been concrete proof to implicate them.
He however disagrees with the labeling of lawyers as being part of the bribery and corruption quagmire in the discharge of justice in the country. He contends the office of lawyers is entirely distinct from judicial staff and the distinction should be made when discussing issues of judicial corruption.
The bar president also proffers that the only way the corruption among judicial staff can be purged is for clients to stand their grounds to report any court staff who demands money to deliver any service.