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15 Appeals Court judges to make up for High Court shortfall

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Georgina Wood - Chief Justice
Georgina Wood – Chief Justice

Fifteen Justices of the Court of Appeal have signed up to undertake additional High Court responsibilities principally to make up for the short fall arising from the pending impeachment proceedings.

The Justices apart from their appellate duties would now sit and hear cases on a regular basis until the return to a state of normalcy, Mrs Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, the Chief Justice stated on Friday at the commissioning of the ultra-modern court complex in Accra.

Seven of the 12 implicated High Court judges in the corruption scandal following an exposure by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas were on October 5, suspended, on grounds of stated misconduct.

The justices include: Justices Francis K. Opoku, Kofi Essel Mensah, John Ajet Nasam, Ernest Obimpeh, Kwame Ohene Essel, Ivy Heward-Mills and Gilbert Ayisi Addo.

A statement signed by the Judicial Secretary, Justice Alex Poku-Acheampong and issued to the Ghana News Agency in Accra stated.

The statement said their suspension follows the establishment of a prima facie case of stated misbehaviour against them by the Chief Justice pursuant to Article 146 (3) of the 1992 Constitution and the setting up of a committee under Article 146 (4) to investigate a petition.

It said the justices were suspended with immediate effect on the advice of the Judicial Council and was given approval by the Vice President, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, acting in his capacity as President.

According to the statement, the Chief Justice had decided to suspend the determination of a prima facie case in respect of Justice Mustapha Habib Logoh and Justice Paul Uuter Dery, who were cited in the petition as a result of the actions instituted by them against her and Tigereye pi, which are pending in court.

It also noted that the proceedings against Justice Charles Quist have been deferred on grounds of ill health following a medical report submitted by his physician on the grounds of his state of health.

A total of 34 judges are being investigated following the three-hour documentary by ivestigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas revealing how they took bribes to offer injustice.

Source: GNA

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