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25 High Court Judges Sworn In 4/2/2008

Twenty-five judges elevated to the High Court were yesterday sworn in by the Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, at a ceremony in Accra.
The judges swore the oath of allegiance and the oath of secrecy and the Chief Justice, who presented them with their instruments of office, remainded them that the oaths required them to discharge their duties without fear or favour and uphold the constitution of the Republic.

She urged them to live above reproach because with those solemn promises made in public without any coercion from any quarter, they should not be surprised that the same people would justifiably subject their work and conduct to intense scrutiny, demand transparency and hold them accountable for all that would emanate from their judgements.

Mrs Justice Wood described the ceremony as the first in the history of the judiciary that such a large number of judges were being sworn into take up duty at the high court saying, “This is because Ghana is passionately committed to providing for its citizens an efficient and speedy system of justice delivery.”

According to her, Ghanaians had a legitimate expectation that the judges would contribute significantly to the building of a just, free and democratic nation and asked those entering the Judiciary for the first time to bring their rich and diverse backgrounds to bear on it.

The Deputy Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Mr kwame Osei Adjei, said the duty of judges had been made more onerous owing to the entrenchement of the rule of law.

Source: Daily Graphic


 
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