The Courts Complex in Accra on Friday resumed work after it was shut upon the directive by the Chief Judge, Justice Anim-Yeboah in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
Not pleased by the decision to shut down the courts including the 28 special ones set aside by the Chief Justice in this trying time, Lawyer Kweku Y. Paintsil has questioned the rationale behind the closure; wondering if Human Rights in Ghana is under lockdown?
‘Nobody, including Lawyers, is allowed to go inside by “Order from Above”. Calls to the Registrar of the Criminal Court go through but he doesn’t pick (deliberately)’ In spite of the fact that we have a client whose previous bail (having been rescinded) was restored and admitted to his previous bail terms and conditions by the High Court since last week’.
‘Even though the Order was served on the Nsawam Prison authorities, they refuse to release him, claiming that the accused requires to be taken to Court to execute a fresh bail bond’. He said
However, the Private Legal Practitioner reports that the reopening of the Courts Complex was a sequel to the intervention by the Ghana Bar Association’s President.
‘As you must have heard, after the personal intervention of Mr. Tony Forson, the Bar President (and others) the Court Complex was today opened to businesses.
He said, they (Paintsil, Paintsil & Co) have received massive cooperation from the Prison Authorities and the Registrar’s Office to have their client (and another) execute a fresh bail bond to begin the walk home to ” freedom”.