Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, a candidate for Chief Justice, testified before the Appointments Committee and answered questions about the Judicial Service, backlogs in court cases, a recent Supreme Court decision, and other current affairs in the nation.
The nominee also discussed her thoughts on the perception of corruption in the judicial system, the condition of e-justice in the nation, and the use of technology for speedy resolution of disputes.
The nominee, who came across as very religious, said in response to questions about LGBTQ+, which also happens to be one of the sensitive Bills being considered by Parliament, that her beliefs will not in any way conflict with her professional work and that she will therefore apply the law when such issues come before her.
Regarding the recent ruling by the supreme court ordering Parliament to remove Mr. James Gyakye Quayson’s name as Member of Parliament for Assin North, Justice Gertrude Torkornoo informed the Committee that the decision was made by a seven-member panel collectively and that copies of the ruling, which is still under review, would be made public soon.
The nominee also took advantage of the chance to explain the situation regarding the Justices’ stance on ex-gratia.
She claims that the Association of Justices has repeatedly informed the public that they do not receive ex-gratia since they retire on their salaries, highlighting the fact that the entrenched stance as stated in the 1992 constitution can be modified by arduous means.
In addition, Justice Gertrude Torkornoo informed the committee that the Judicial Service’s ongoing strike is related to a review of the pay structure, although she swiftly clarified that the problems are being resolved amicably.
The outgoing Chief Justice, Justice Anim Yeboah, as well as other top Superior Justices of the Judiciary were present for the Vetting, which lasted more than three hours.
When the House reconvenes on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, for its third session, the members of the Appointments Committee are anticipated to give their findings to the House during the second meeting of the third session.