The President administered the Oath of Allegiance, the Judicial Oath and the Oath of Secrecy to all 16 Justices at two separate events, and charged each of them to dispense justice without fear or favour, affection or ill-will.
“When a citizen falls foul of the law, that citizen, high or low, must be dealt with accordingly and the law enforcement agencies including you our new Judges, must ensure this is done. That is the true meaning of the concept of equality before the law”, he said.
President Akufo-Addo told the newly sworn-in Justices that it was unacceptable for Judges to proffer judgments on the basis of decisions of Lower Courts and cite them as law, cite no authority at all for their rulings, or give orders without reasons. “You must ensure your decisions and judgments are properly motivated”, he said.
He expressed government’s commitment to bridging the technology-gap through a number of policy measures, one of which is the introduction of the e-Justice System, and encouraged Judges to take advantage of it “We know that harnessing the power of technology to advance the rule of law is critical in the modern era if we are to maintain the confidence of the Ghanaian people and shore up our nation’s reputation as a country governed in accordance with the rule of law. That is why last year, I launched the e-justice system which is designed to leverage technology in the delivery of justice. I encourage all of you to take full advantage of the e-justice system to expedite the conduct of cases that come before you and in the management of the Courts”, he said.
The President further outlined government’s plan to addressing the infrastructure challenge facing the Judiciary, which includes the construction of 98 Courts and bungalows for Judges in all 16 regions of the country.
Her Ladyship Justice Eva Bannerman-Williams, on behalf of her colleagues, expressed their profound gratitude to God and to the President for the opportunity granted them to serve Ghana, and promised to work professionally. “We wish to assure you Mr. President, that we would at all times, work diligently so as to merit the confidence reposed in us”, she said.
The two separate ceremonies which were held in accordance with COVID-19 protocols, were all witnessed by His Lordship the Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah and some active and retired Supreme Court Judges. Also in attendance were some senior government officials, as well as some friends and family members of the newly sworn-in High Court Judges.
List of Newly Sworn-in High Court Judges
- H/L Justice Eva Bannerman-Williams
- H/L Justice Emmanuel Bart-Plange Brew
- H/L Justice Yaw Owoahene Acheampong
- H/L Justice Samuel Boakye-Yiadom
- H/L Justice Abdul Yusif Asibey
- H/L Justice Elfreda Amy Dankyi
- H/L Justice Samuel Faraday Johnson
- H/L Justice Sheila Minta
- H/L Justice Audrey Kocuvie-Tay
- H/L Justice Nana Yaw Gyamfi Frimpong
- H/L Justice Ernest Yao Gaewu
- H/L Justice Solomon Oppong Twumasi
- H/L Justice Charles Bentum
- H/L Justice Joseph Adu-Owusu Agyeman
- H/L Justice William Osei-Kuffour
- H/L Justice Douglas Seidu