Five New Court of Appeal Judges Sworn-In

Four Justices of the High Court and a former Solicitor General have been sworn-in as Justices of the Court of Appeal by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo at Jubilee House; the seat of government in Accra.

The new Justices of the Court of Appeal are; His Lordship Justice Nicholas Charles Abbey Agbevor, His Lordship Justice Alex Berchie Poku-Acheampong (Judicial Secretary), His Lordship Justice Anthony Kwadwo Yeboah, Her Ladyship Justice Merley Afua Wood and Her Ladyship Justice Amma Abuakwaa Gaisie, a former Solicitor General.

President Akufo Addo called on the Judges to apply the laws of the land as manifested in the words of the judicial oath - without fear or favour, affection or ill-will - and without recourse to the political, religious or ethnic affiliations of any citizen of the land. This, he noted as critical because “the growth of our nation demands that we have a Judiciary that commands the respect of the people by the nature of its delivery of justice as well as by the comportment of its judges”. “It is vitally important to have Judges who are honest, possess integrity and a sound knowledge of the law”. The President added.

He entreated the newly sworn-in Judges to facilitate the work of the Special Prosecutor in the fight against corruption to ensure that both past and present public officials who engage in acts of corruption and financial malfeasance are held accountable.

The President also stressed the determination of his government to build a new Ghanaian civilization “where the rule of law is not a slogan but an operating principle to the development of our state, where the separation of powers is real and meaningful, where public officials behave with honesty and integrity, where the liberties and rights of our people are fully protected, and where law and order provide a firm basis for our social and economic development”.

The President described the five Justices as eminently fit and qualified for the position of Justices of the Court of Appeal, because of their “independence of mind and the impartiality of spirit”. 

Speaking on behalf of her colleagues, Her Ladyship Justice Merley Afua Wood, expressed their appreciation to the President for their new appointment. “We are humbled by this honour done us and the confidence reposed in us.”  She described their appointment as a call to higher national service and pledged that they would work diligently to the best of their abilities and endeavour to uphold the high tenets of the office. 

The brief ceremony had in attendance, the Minister for Justice and Attorney-General, Madam Gloria Akuffo and some government officials as well as a number of Justices of the Superior Courts, Judicial Council members, Judicial Service Directors and representatives from the Ghana Bar Association and families of the newly sworn-in Justices of the Court of Appeal.

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