Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer has reiterated that Judiciary as a fundamental body of the government, playing a vital role in the country must have its finances handled by the ministry itself, rather than Ministry of Finance & Treasury (MoFT).
Sir Albert highlighted this in his recent appearance before the Members of Parliament (MPs), as one of the lecturer for the MPs’ induction session that ended last week.
In his power point presentation Palmer revealed that the need for the Ministry of Justice & Legal Affairs (MJLA) to secede its financial accounts processes from MoFT remains a priority, as they are currently working on some legislation to operate independently like the State Owned Enterprises (SOEs).
“Financial independence is adequate for funding the work to deliver quality justice for our people,” the Chief Justice said.
“Listing of cases is done but finances is control outside does not work well with us,” he further stated.
The Chief Justice further stated that they want to run their own affairs in terms of finances so that the work of justice is not delayed, consistent and executed on time.
“Finances must confine to our administrations,” Sir Albert stated.
He continued by saying that they are working on a number of reforms to improve the justice system in the country, and that includes the permanent independence of their finance management from the Ministry of Finance & Treasury.
By AATAI JOHN