Lack of toilet facilities in some district courts in the country is hampering judicial services, President of Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG), Alex Nartey has said.
He says some judicial service officials in Techiman plead with palace guards few metres away from the court to use the chief’s facility.
“Not too long ago, at Techiman where the circuit court used to be, some staff of the court have to run to a nearby palace, beg them so they can use their toilet facility anytime they want to use the washroom”, Mr Nartey told Dwaso Nsem host, Captain Smart.
“Recently, I was travelling to Tamale and I stopped by the Techiman court and there were no washrooms. Some of the staff had to run outside to ease themselves. It’s very bad,” he added.
Mr Nartey was reacting to reports that a judge at the Kasoa District Court, Felicia Gandez, was using a chamber pot, as a result of inadequate toilet facility at the court she presides over.
Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, who was on a 4-day tour of the Central Region is said to have been stunned by the development.
Mr Nartey believes judicial staff are not being treated fairly considering how important and sensitive their roles are.
Mr Nartey revealed how staff in a court in Sefwi are forced to rely on a staff’s generator in order to get electricity supply to the court, a situation he describes as very worrying.
“There is a court in the western region, I mean the Sefwi court, if they want to use a computer for typing, they have to use a staff’s generator to supply power. One staff is supposed to use her generator from home to provide them with power”, he revealed.
He wants the government to, as a matter of urgency, come to their aid.