According to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, a judge who is dishonest or inept poses a threat to both the public interest and the nation’s legal system.
He also suggested that when doing their tasks, judges show that they are trustworthy, have integrity, and have a solid understanding of the law.
According to the Judicial Council’s advice, which was given in accordance with Article 144, Clause 3 of the Constitution, when he swore in the new High Court Judges, they are exceptionally qualified for the position of Justices of the High Court and possess the impartiality of mind and independence of spirit required to hold this high office.
They are Her Honour Mercy Adei Kotei, Mrs. Cynthia Martinson, Dr. Bridget Kafui Antonio-Apedzi, Ms. Nabeela Naeema Wahab, His Honour Ebenezer Osei-Darko, His Honour Bernard Bentil, His Honour Alexander Graham, Mr. George Kwame Gyan-Kontoh, Mr. Richard Apietu and Mr. Eric Ansah Ankomah.
President Akufo-Addo instructed the new judges to display honesty, integrity, and a thorough understanding of the law, with the High Court being described as a superior court of record with original, universal jurisdiction as a tribunal of first instance.
“The public interest and judicial system are at risk from a corrupt or inept judge.
It is unacceptable for judges to issue findings based on decisions made by lower courts and cite them as precedent; it is much less acceptable when judges issue rulings with no basis in fact and issue orders devoid of justification.
The President continued, “You must be learned, know your case law and ensure your decisions and judgements are properly motivated. The principle of stare decisis, the ancient common law doctrine of precedent, has been, and continues to be the time-honoured foundation for the coherent development of the law, and should not be lightly discarded.”