Work Without Fear or Favour - President Charges New High Court Judges

His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, has charged the newly sworn-in High Court Judges to work without fear or favour and uphold the words of the judicial oath in dispensing justice.

“Let me use this occasion to repeat that the dispensation of justice requires that application of the laws of the land, must occur in the hallowed words of the judicial oath – without fear or favour, affection or ill-will. That is, without recourse to the political, religious or ethnic affiliations of any person,” he said.  

Speaking at the swearing-in of seven (7) High Court Judges at the Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo indicated his commitment to fighting corruption. He cautioned that, “any Judge found to have misconducted himself or herself should know that he or she would face the law”.

The President further told the Judges, “you must be learned, know your case law and ensure your judgments 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”.

He added that “the situation where Judges proffer judgments on the basis of decisions from lower courts and cite them as law, is not acceptable, and even less so, when Judges cite no authority at all for their rulings and give orders without reasons”. President Akufo- Addo further called on both the public and private sectors and indeed all arms of government to work collectively to achieve the country’s development aspirations.

The new High Court Justices are His Lordship Justice John Ekow Mensah, Her Ladyship Justice Janet Anima Maafo, Her Ladyship Justice Afia Nyarko Adu- Amankwa, His Lordship Justice Frederick Tetteh, His Lordship Justice Matthew Kyeremateng, Her Ladyship Justice Joan Eyi King, and His Lordship Justice John Eugene Nyante Nyadu.

Of the seven Justices, only Justice John Eugene Nyante Nyadu assumes the role directly from private practice as a Lawyer. The other six were elevated from the Circuit Court.

On behalf of the newly sworn-in Judges, Justice John Ekow Mensah pledged that, they will work harder in their new position to justify the confidence the President has reposed in them.

In attendance were Her Ladyship the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia A. B. Akuffo, Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Madam Gloria Akuffo, the Chief of Staff Madam Frema Opare, Members of the Judicial Council and the Judiciary.

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