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NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM HER LADYSHIP THE CHIEF JUSTICE, JUSTICE SOPHIA A.B. AKUFFO

Judicial Service 01 January 2018

The year 2018 presents an opportunity for the Judiciary to renew its commitment to the highest standards of judicial quality and output. It is for good reason that our theme for the 2017-2018 Legal Year is Quality Judges, Delivering Quality Justice.

As the third arm of State, we must endeavour at all times to be scrupulous and not capricious in the application of judicial discretion. We have to be keenly aware and judicially and socially conscious of the impact of our decisions on the larger society and the environment, if our judgments are to stand the test of relevancy. It is my expectation that in 2018, our Environmental Courts will hand down decisions that will provide the strongest indication of our commitment to the fight against illegal extraction of natural resources and other human activities detrimental to our environment.

We have a duty to ensure that our decisions have a positive impact on the society we serve. Our application of the law must be totally devoid of absurdity. The impact and effectiveness of our output must lead to judicial outcomes that provide assurance of law and order in this country. It is important not only for the institution but also for our democracy and the health of our nation. In the year 2018, we should exceed all expectations by delivering quality judgments and orders and working optimally through effective case management to produce excellence at all levels of Court.

I am confident that with the support of Court and administrative staff, working diligently and with focus and purpose, we will together, give the people of Ghana the quality justice they deserve and expect from us.

I wish you all a productive and successful 2018!

Afrihyiapa!

 

CHIEF JUSTICE SETS UP COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE EC CHAIR AND TWO DEPUTIES

Judicial Service 19 December 2017
The general public is hereby informed that Her Ladyship The Chief Justice, Justice Sophia A.B. Akuffo, in accordance with Article 146 of the 1992 Constitution, has set up a five-member committee to investigate allegations brought against the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs. Charlotte Osei, and her two deputies, Mr. Amadu Sulley and Mrs. Georgina Opoku-Amankwa.
 
The Committee which will sit in camera in line with normal practice, consists of three justices of the Superior Court appointed by the Judicial Council and two other persons appointed by the Chief Justice, on the advice of the Council of State. The Committee is chaired by a Justice of the Supreme Court.
 
The Committee was established after the Chief Justice determined that there was a prima facie case against the three officials of the Electoral Commission.
 
It is the expectation of the Chief Justice and the Judicial Council that the public will treat the Committee with the respect and dignity it deserves as it carries out its constitutional duty and refrain from making any comments that will undermine the work of the Committee, since infractions may amount to contempt.

 

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JUSTICE ALEX B. POKU-ACHEAMPONG

JUDICIAL SECRETARY

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