Judgment debt is a big problem in Ghana, says Torkornoo

The chief justice nominee said Ghana needs to manage closely the way it handles contracts in the public space in order to skirt the risk of judgment debt

The Chief Justice nominee, Justice Gertrude Araba Esaaba Sackey Torkornoo, has said judgment debt is a big problem in Ghana.

Justice Torkornoo said it is time the country paid critical attention to the way it enters contractual agreements that carry a risk of judgment debt.

Answering a question on judgment debts at her vetting on Friday (26 May 2023), Justice Torkornoo said: “My personal view is that it’s a big problem. I think that there are many cases that are not well defended.

“I think that we need to look at how we apply interest rates closely.

“I think that we need to manage the way contracts are managed in the public space closely,” she said.

“Very often the transactions are in one ministry and have to be defended by the Attorney General’s Department. I’ve come across cases where the relevant ministries don’t give the appropriate information to the AG’s Department to defend them in the matter.”

Justice Torkornoo added: “I think that it’s a section of justice delivery that as a country we have to make ourselves … and everybody with responsibility … pay attention to. I will do my part.”

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