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LIFT IMAGE OF THE JUDICIARY—PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO TELLS NEW HIGH COURT JUDGES

Seven new High Court Judges have been inducted into office with a call on them to dispense justice with integrity to lift the image of the Judiciary.


They are Justices John Ekow Mensah, Janet Anim Maafo, Afia Nyarko Adu-Amankwa, Fredrick Tetteh, Mathew Kyeremanteng, Joan Eyi King and John Eugene Nyante Nyadu.


At a short swearing-in ceremony at the Jubilee House in Accra, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, reminded the new Judges that the High Court was the nerve centre for justice delivery in the judicial structure and that it was censorious that it was respected by Ghanaians through the quality of justice it dispensed as well as the general comportment of its judges.


He said it was imperative that High Court Judges demonstrated that they were honest and possessed integrity and a sound knowledge of the law.


The President was also concerned with the situation where High Court judges used lower court rulings as the basis for judgement or cited no law or authority at all in giving judgement and urged them to know their case law and ensure that their decisions and judgements were properly motivated.


President Akufo-Addo told the Judges that the continuous perceived acts of corruption in the delivery of justice, especially at the High Court, should not be allowed to continue, warning that judges found to have misconducted themselves would face the full rigours of the law.


“Let me use this occasion to repeat that application of the laws of the land must occur in the hallowed walls of the Judicial Oath without fear or favour, affection or ill will; that is without recourse to the political, religious, ethnic affiliation or any person or object of justice…when a citizens falls foul of the law, any citizen, high or low, that citizen must be dealt with accordingly.


“The law enforcement agencies, including you our new Judges, must ensure that this is done…that is the true meaning of the concept of equality before the law,” he emphasized.


The President said every Ghanaian had the responsibility to work together for a united Ghana, driven by considerations of social justice and solidarity, and the rule of law.


“We must, in our time, build a new Ghanaian civilization, where the rule of law is not a slogan but the operating principle for the development of our state, where the separation of powers is real and meaningful, where public officials behave with honesty and integrity, where the liberties and rights of our people are fully protected,” he said.


On his part, Justice John Ekow Mensah, on behalf of his colleagues, thanked the President for the honour done them, and pledged to work harder in their new positions to justify the confidence reposed in them.


Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)