It has emerged that officials of the Judicial Service are charging fees from members of the public who use the lavatories at the newly constructed Court Complex in Accra.
StarrFMonline.com sources say the development has become a major point of tension between members of the public who seek the services of the courts and Judicial officials in charge of the facility. Every visit to the toilet or urinal attracts a fee of Gh¢0.50p.
It is uncommon for members of the public to pay for the usage of lavatories in public facilities in the country.
The court complex made up of 42 courtrooms, houses the 10 land courts, 10 commercial courts, six criminal courts, six general jurisdiction courts, three divorce and matrimonial courts, two financial and economic courts, two human rights courts, two labour courts and a Probate and Administration court.
The court complex has banking facilities, cafeteria, 300- seater auditorium, library, a business centre and a media centre, press briefing room, Executive office for the Attorney General and Police Prosecutor and a data centre among others.
The late President John Evans Atta Mills, four years ago cut the sod for the construction of the complex to replace the dilapidated courts, known as the cocoa affairs Court.
Social Security and National Insurance Trust provided funding for the complex.