13 new High Court judges sworn-in

Chief Justice Mrs Theodora Georgina Wood in a pose with new judges.The Chief Justice (CJ), Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood, has sworn-in 13 new High Court Judges, to enhance the administration of justice in the country,  in Accra on Friday.

She administered the oath of allegiance, secrecy and judicial oath to the newly appointed judges, who were made up of eight circuit court judges, promoted to the High Court, and five members of the Bar.

The new judges are: Jennifer Anne Myers Ahmed, Kofi Nyanteh Akuffo, Emmanuel Senyo Amedahe, Samuel Asare-Nyarko, Emmanuel Lodoh, Sedina Agbemava and Rita Agyeman-Budu.

The rest are:  Ellen Vivian Amoah, Cecilia Naa  Shormeh Davis, Charles Edward Ekow Baiden, Kwasi Anokye Gyimah, Dr. Richmond Osei-Hwere and Francis Apangabund Achibonga.

Justice Sophia Akuffo, a Supreme Court judge, urged the new judges to be independent, hardworking, transparent and morally upright in the discharge of their duties.

She said their independence must be built on integrity, which should not subject them to judicial advice by third parties.

Justice Akuffo urged the judges to uphold the ethics of their profession, and cautioned them against unnecessary delays of trials, which might result in injustice, because according to her, justice delayed, is justice denied.

However, she asked them to hurriedly mete out justice to users of the court, but rather ensure the right thing was done for justice to prevail.

The Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Dr. Dominic Ayine, advised the judges to abide by the tenets of the oaths they had taken, and maintain appreciable levels of civility to lawyers, and litigants who may appear before them.

She cautioned them against making extrajudicial and political statements from the bench, saying the startling regularity with which judges make such statements either while sitting in judgement over cases or outside the courtroom, was worrying.

According to Dr. Ayine, judges could not always predict with certainty public reactions to the comments they made.

He urged them to update their knowledge and skills and draw experiences from lawyers and litigants who appeare before them.

The Ghana Bar Association and the Association of Magistrates and Judges of Ghana congratulated the new judges.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme and Maame Adwoa Ohenewa Adu

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