Parliament upholds nomination of 4 Supreme Court judges

Prof Nii Ashie Kotey

Prof Nii Ashie Kotey

PARLIAMENT has by consensus upheld the nomination of four persons by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as Justices of the Supreme Court.


The nominees, who have been vetted by the Appointments Committee of the House are a former president of the Ghana Bar Association, Nene Abayateye Ofoe Amegatcher and Professor Nii Ashie Kotey, a former Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana.


The rest are Justice Samuel K. Marful-Sau and Justice Agnes M.A. Dordzi, justices of the Court of Appeal.


Presenting the committee’s report in Parliament yesterday by a motion with a call on the plenary to approve of their work, chairman of the committee, Joseph Osei-Owusu said the nominees met the constitutional criteria to be members of the Supreme Court bench.


“In the light of the provisions of the 1992 Constitution and Order 74 of the Standing Orders of the House, the committee is satisfied that the under listed nominees exhibited character and possess the requisite knowledge and experience in the law.


“They exhibited independent mindedness and assured the committee of the will to interpret the law as it is without favour or let.


“They demonstrated a resolve to be above partisanship in the discharge of their duties [so] the committee accordingly found them suitable to be appointed as Justices of the Supreme Court”, the Bekwai member noted.


Seconding the motion, Tamale Central member, Inusah Fuseini said the nomination of the four were very important and critical to the running of the apex court considering the numbers there.


According to Mr Fuseini who is the Ranking Member on the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, the nominees were well positioned to properly interpret the constitution and defend the rights of the citizenry owing to their long years in the legal profession.


The nominees, Inusah Fuseini said, had distinguished themselves over the years with no blemish and would do well at the Supreme Court.


Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader, commenting on the motion advocated for a sealing on the number of justices the Supreme Court should have.


Proposing that the country had a maximum of 13 members on the Supreme Court bench, Haruna Iddrisu said the country was not out of the wool of judicial corruption and that the new set of judges must assist in finding ways to dispatching cases with speed and accuracy for “Justice delayed is justice denied.”


The Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, on his part expressed concern about the lack of character uprightness among Ghanaian public sector workers hoping that the quartet would be trail blazers in their new roles.


To him, there were many lapses in the Constitution which the new judges of the apex court must help in addressing if constitutional matters came before them.









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