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Empty Courtroom-JUSAG Strike

Litigants, who thronged several courts in Accra and other parts of the country, were yesterday disappointed, as the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) commenced the nationwide strike.

At a news conference in Accra on Thursday, National President of JUSAG, Alex Nartey declared an indefinite strike effective April 1, 2016 over what it described as government’s failure to pay their consolidated salaries.

Mr. Nartey stated that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Association had directed all staff of the Judicial Service to withdraw their services until their demands were met.

At the new court complex, activities were low-key, but security personnel of JUSAG were at post to protect the properties of the court as directed by the JUSAG President.

The heavy vehicular traffic, as well as petty trading, which are commonplace at the precincts of the court were absent.

At the former high court building, which now houses the circuit courts, the story was similar.

Relatives of accused persons were seen loitering at the premises of the courts.

Prosecutors, lawyers and Court Warrant Officers (CWOs), on the other hand, had virtually no work to do.

Police investigators had no option than to convey accused persons to the various police stations until further notice.

By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson

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