The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has charged judges in the country to exhibit professionalism in their duties.
Swearing in a total of thirty-four (34) High Court Judges and eleven (11) Court of Appeal Judges at a ceremony at the Jubilee House yesterday, the President urged the new justices to conduct themselves such that issues of corruption will not be found amongst them.
Reminding them of the exposè on judicial corruption undertaken by the well-known investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, President Akufo-Addo stated that “the people of Ghana cannot, and will not tolerate the repetition of the abysmal, dismal tale of acts of corruption that were revealed. You have a big duty to demonstrate integrity in all your dealings, if public support in the Judiciary is to be maintained”.
The President, who administered the oaths of Allegiance, Judiciary and Secrecy, noted that the judges met the stringent requirements of Article 128(4) of the Constitution.
“The 45 justices, 34 in the High Court and 11 in the Court of Appeal, whom I swore into office a few minutes ago upon the advice of the Judicial Council have been considered fit and qualified for the position of justices. They are deemed to have the independence of mind, and impartial spirit to hold these high offices.
“Ghanaians over the past 26years have shown a determination to build and guard a nation of accountable democratic governance founded on the rule of law. The constitution affirms the final judicial power of the state is vested solely in the judiciary and not in any other agency or organ of the state.
“To our new justices of the High Court and the Appeals Court, it is important to bear in mind that 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 the judges.” he added.
The Court of Appeal Judges were Justice Anthony Oppong, Justice Samuel Kwame Adibu Asiedu, Justice Philip Bright Mensah, Justice Angelina Mensah-Homiah, Justice Jennifer Amanda Dodoo, Justice Sophia Rosetta Oduokua Bernasko Essah, Justice Georgina Mensah-Datsa, Justice Eric Kyei Baffour, Mr. Yaw Darko Asare, Mr. Obeng-Manu Jnr, Esq.
The High Court Judges were Gabriel Nene Kwao Mate-Teye, Lydia Osei Marfo, Ali Baba Abature, Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku, Mariama Sammo, Patricia Quansah, Aboagye Tandoh, Ruby Aryeetey, Kwame Amoako, Mariam Saleh Sinare, Cynthia Wiredu, Frank Aboadwe Rockson, Emmanuel Ayesu Essampong, Frederick Arnold Wekem Kwesi Nawurah, Rita Abena Abrokwah Doko, Comfort Kwasiwor Tasiame, Ruby Naa Adjeley Quaison, Priscilla Dikro Ofori, Mary Maame Ekue Nsenkyire, Jane Harriet Akweley Quaye, Ayitey Armah-Tetteh, Charity Akosua Asem, Malike Awo Woanyah Dey, Doris Dabanka-Bekoe, Stephen Oppong, Emmanuel Kofi Diaba Esq, Sarah Aryee, Mavis Akua Andoh, Eudora Christina Dadson, George Appah Kwabena, Naana Bedu-Addo, Amos Wuntah Wuni and Enyonam Adinyira.
Three other Supreme Court Judges sworn in an well were Justice Mariama Owusu, Justice Gertrude Torkonoo and Justice Avril Lovelace Johnson.
Out of the 34 Justices of the High Court, there are 22 women and 12 men; and out of the 11 Justices of the Court of Appeal, there are five 5 women and 6 men.
“I am very pleased to see such high numbers of female justices in our Superior Courts. I congratulate each one of the forty-five (45) new Justices on their appointment,” he indicated.