President swears in two Supreme Court Judges

President John Mahama
President John Mahama

President John Dramani Mahama on Monday urged Judges to make decisions that would stand the test of time, and be followed by common jurisdictions, international tribunals and other courts.

He said there had been landmark cases that had been contrary to international law, and urged the Judicial system to engage in researches that could streamline it.

President Mahama made the call when he swore in two Supreme Court Judges at the Flagstaff House, Kanda.

The Judges, Mr  Justice Yaw Appau and  Mr Justice Scott Puamang were administered to the the Judicial oath, and the  oaths of secrecy and allegiance, to officially begin their duties in the highest court of the land.

The new Judges would replace Justice Kwasi Dartey-Baah and Justice Rose Constance Owusu who retired from the court last year.

Also in attendance were Chief Justice Mrs Georgina Theodora Wood, Mr Julius Debrah, Chief of Staff, Judges from other courts and well wishers.

President Mahama advised them to ensure that their judgements constituted landmark cases that would be studied in other jurisdictions, lower  and international courts.

He said in good democracies, law was used in advancing society,  and urged them to use their judgements to advance the Ghanaian society,  and avoid other decisions that would retard the orderly progress of the country.

President Mahama also urged them to ensure that their judgements carried weight and influence, and without fear or favour, to serve as reference points in the years to come.

The President called on the Judiciary to be partners in the fight against crime and corruption, by exposing the ills of society through their fair and firm judgments at all times.

Government, he gave the assurance, would continue to play its role to ensure that the judiciary performed their duties without any hindrance.

Justice Appau on behalf of his colleague, commended President Mahama for appointing them to serve at the highest court of the land.

He pledged that they would discharge their duties with dedication, honesty, integrity, excellence and zeal.

Source: GNA

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