Ghana's judicial council says it has suspended 22 judges and magistrates implicated in alleged corrupt practices.

The statement Wednesday says that the council has also started the process to investigate the allegations and other court officials who may have collaborated.

The state-owned Daily Graphic says a local investigative journalist caught 180 officials on camera taking bribes and extorting money from litigants.

A judicial official said one of the judges involved in the allegations had turned in his resignation on Tuesday. The official was not permitted to speak to the media.

An anti-corruption group, the Ghana Integrity Initiative, and a local policy think tank, Institute of Economic Affairs, have for years cited the judiciary as one of the most corrupt institutions in Ghana.