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Judges Who Gives Remark on Court Cases Should be held in Contempt of Court

According to Chief Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, judges who remark on court cases should be held in contempt.

The Chief Justice emphasized at the GIMPA Law Faculty’s 7th Annual Legal Ethics Training Programme that a judge must maintain confidentiality regarding a case before any court.

According to her, if the court can hold an ordinary citizen in contempt for discussing a case in public, then the same should be done to a judge, and even more quickly.

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She cited the Code of Conduct on Propriety, which states that a judge must refrain from making any public statements that could reasonably be anticipated to affect the outcome or impair the fairness of a pending court case, or that could substantially impede the fairness of the trial.

Her comment comes after Dormaahene, a High Court judge, urged President Nana Akufo-Addo to ask the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Godfred Dame Yeboah, to submit a Nolle Prosique in the case of James Gyakye Quayson, an MP for Assin North.

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Although the Constitution forbids chiefs from engaging in partisan politics, the Dormaahene does engage in active politics, according to his remark, which sparked backlash and demands for his removal.

Many also asserted that the Dormaahene, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu II, is a member of the National Democratic Congress and that, as a High Court justice, he has violated the constitution in its entirety.

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