Chief Justice nominee, Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, has expressed her commitment to any effort to address the perception that there is corruption in Ghana’s judiciary system.
She said no matter how small the perception, it must not even be whispered of the judiciary that it has no integrity.
During her vetting by Parliament’s Appointments Committee on Friday, May 26, 2023, she clarified that those notions seem to abound due to some employees of the Judicial Service who pass themselves off as members of the judiciary to extort money from people.
“The judicial service has more than 7,000 employees. Only 100 or so are part of the judiciary. Anyone who presents themselves as able to take money on behalf of a judge gives that perception. And very often, we as judges, including those of us with a reputation of being unbribable, find ourselves in that corner where people go out and present (themselves) that they are going to give you money, and others believe it because they don’t know it...