Judge delivers 7 judgements in one day

In an unprecedented fashion, Justice I.O Tanko Amadu , a Court of Appeal Judge, last week Thursday, delivered seven high profile judgements in Accra.

The  judgment were in the following cases; Justice Eghan vrs the Attorney-General, Don Benen vrs Evans Armah Addy, Ghana Home Loans Limited vrs Awuah, among others.

The Ghanaian Times chanced upon the delivery at the Court of Appeal in the Supreme Court building, while on the usual round of the various courts to cover cases.

Justice Amadu read the judgements as a Court of Appeal Judge, sitting with additional responsibility as a high court judge.

In the case of Ghana Home Loans Limited, the Judge ordered the judicial sale of a mortgage property at Weija to recover $113,759 loan with interest  and awarded a cost of GH¢10,000 in favour of the plaintiff.

Justice Amadu stated that the defendant and his lawyer were given the opportunity to make amicable settlement since 2016 but they failed to do so.                                                                                                                                             This historic development has come at a time when the World Bank is providing $97 million funding to the government for e-justice project, a paperless court system that would comprehensively enhance the nation’s effort at improving justice delivery.   

Some lawyers spoke highly of Justice Amadu , for reading seven judgments in one sitting.

The Ghanaian Times observed that some of the judgements were lengthy covering between 50- 75 pages. 

 Speaking to the Ghanaian Times after the proceedings, a lawyer who pleaded anonymity described the judgments as historic.

He noted that it was the first time a judge had read seven judgements at a time when there were complaints of delays in the dispensation of justice.

Another lawyer who spoke under the same condition said, although a decision did not go in his favour, he was convinced with the outcome.

According to him, lawyers may differ in opinions in regards to the decisions of the court, however, Justice Amadu epitomises exemplary judicial temperament. 

The lawyer said Justice Amadu was thorough, makes impeccable decisions and that his judgments were almost not a subject of appeal.


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