President Swears In Fresh Supreme Court Justices

by Isaac Mintah
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President of the Republic of Ghana, H. E Akufo-Addo has sworn in two new judges to the Supreme Court.

The newly inducted Judges are Justice Barbara Frances Ackah-Yensu and Justice Samuel Kwame Adibu Asiedu.

Nana Addo challenged them to do all within their powers to facilitate building a Judiciary system that naturally command the respect of Ghanaians and the world.

The swearing in was preceded by a short ceremony yesterday at the Jubilee House in Accra, Ghana.

It followed the administration of the judicial oath, oaths of Secrecy and Allegiance.

The President believes the surest way the judiciary can command the respect of the Ghanaian people is through quality and informed decisions.

Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo Addo advised it was keenly significant for you to bear in mind that the growth of the country demand that it has a Judiciary that commands the respect of the people by the quality of the delivery of justice and the comportment of its judges.

President Akufo-Addo explained, “Application of the laws of the land must occur in the words of the judicial oath that you have just taken, without fear of favour, affection or ill-will and therefore, without recourse to the political, religious or ethnic affiliations of any citizen of the land or any person before you” insisting that “when a person falls foul of the law, society demands that the person will be dealt with accordingly and law enforcement agencies including the Supreme Court must ensure that this is done.”

He acknowledged it is the true meaning of the concept of equality before the law, adding, “I’m confident that you will uphold it and distinguish yourselves in the work of the court.”

The new Justices took the mantle from the late Justice Samuel Marfo-Sau who died on 10 August 2021 and the retirement of Justice Yaw Appau on 2 August 2021.

Meanwhile, there are appointment of two others; Justice George Kingsley Koomson and Justice Ernest Yao Gaewu, awaiting parliamentary approval to fill the vacancies created as a result of the retirement of Justice Clemence Honyenuga on September 24, 2022 and Justice Agnes Dodzie, who retired on October 2nd 2022.

Justice Barbara Frances Ackah-Yensu expressed gratitude to the President, the Council of State, Parliament, the Judicial Council, the Chief Justice and the Ghana Bar Association for the trust reposed in them.

“While we give thanks to the people of Ghana on whose behalf we have been called upon to administer justice, we assure the people that we shall keep faith and keep fidelity to the constitution and shall remain committed to our judicial oaths. God be our helper” Justice Barbara Frances Ackah-Yensu elated.

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