President charges the bench:Let your judgements carry weight

President Mahama in a pose with the two new Supreme Court jugdes.

President Mahama in a pose with the two new Supreme Court jugdes.

The President, John Dramani Mahama, has stressed the need for members of the Bench to give judgements that will advance the society instead of those that will affect the country’s progress.

He urged them to ensure that their judgements carried weight and influence, without fear or favour, to serve as veritable reference points for posterity.

President Mahama made the call yesterday, when he swore-in two new justices of the Supreme Court at the Flagstaff House, Kanda, in Accra.

They are Justice Yaw Appau, the former Sole Commissioner on the Judgment Debts Commission, and Justice Gabriel Scott Pwamang. They took the judicial oath, the oath of office and the oath of secrecy.

Their appointment follows the retirement, last year, of Justice Kwasi Darteh-Bah and Justice Rose Constance Owusu.    

In attendance were the Chief Justice, Mrs Georgina Theodora Wood, the Chief of Staff, Mr. Julius Debrah, and judges from other courts.

President Mahama said there had been landmark cases that had been contrary to international law and urged the judicial system to engage in research that would streamline things.

He stressed the need for the country’s judges to make decisions that would stand the test of time which would be followed by common jurisdictions, international tribunals and other courts.

President Mahama also advised the Bench to ensure that their judgments constituted landmark cases that would be studied in other jurisdictions, lower courts and international courts.

The President urged the Judiciary to be partners in the fight against crime and corruption by exposing the ills of society through their fair and firm judgments at all times.

He gave the assurance that the government would continue to play its role to ensure that the judiciary performed their duties without any hindrance.

On behalf of his colleague, Justice Appau, thanked President Mahama for the confidence reposed in them by appointing them to serve in the highest court of the land.

He pledged that they would discharge their duties with dedication, honesty, integrity, excellence and zeal.

By Samuel Nuamah

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