A Supreme Court Justice, William Atuguba, has criticised the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), the Attorney-General’s ((A-G)Department and the entire court system for the widespread perception of corruption in the justice system.
He said while the association had allowed partisan politics to eat deep into its roots, the A-G ‘s Department had been sleeping on its mandate of prosecuting cases.
Justice Atuguba, who chaired the 2012 presidential election petition panel, made these remarks at the 42nd week celebration of the University of Ghana Law School, on Monday.
He said these challenges were gradually eroding the strong pillars of the country’s justice system.
Addressing law students, lawyers and other players in the judiciary, Justice Atuguba said gone were the days when the GBA was vocal on pertinent issues affecting the country.
He cited instances in the past when, even under the military regimes, the GBA embarked on series of demonstrations to protest one policy or another.
Justice Atuguba said such independent-minded actions by the GBA had been buried in recent times due to the association’s perceived affiliation with one political party or another.
On the A-G Department, he said in the past, it used to prosecute even ministers of state accused of corruption, but indicated that such prosecutions had been rare in recent times.
Justice Atuguba called on the players involved in the judicial system, to as a matter of urgency, address these challenges to make the judiciary strong and independent.