Anas exposé Don’t behave like ‘gods’ – AG tells 19 new judges

“…Kindly note that though in the ecclesiastical order, it is said that your esteemed selves are next God, you are not gods – yet,” she said at the swearing ceremony of newly appointed circuit court judges and magistrates in Accra on Thursday.

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The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Marietta Brew Oppong has warned judges not to portray themselves as demi-gods in the discharge of their duties.

“…Kindly note that though in the ecclesiastical order, it is said that your esteemed selves are next God, you are not gods – yet,” she said at the swearing ceremony of newly appointed circuit court judges and magistrates in Accra on Thursday.

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According to her, judges must give court users the necessary respect in the course of work.

“You must thus demonstrate the due courtesy and civility due lawyers, litigants, court officials, witnesses, the general public, Police, law students, journalists, as well as other court users. You thus must be firm but fair, stern but not harsh and kind but not doting to the affections of bewildered users of the court who are sometimes lost in the labyrinth of legal rules jargons, processes and procedures in which a few lawyers and judges get lost themselves,” she said.

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The Attorney General also asked the judges to write “judgments that will stand the test of time.”

In all 7 magistrates and 12 circuit court judges were sworn into office by the Chief Justice.

Chief Justice Theodora Wood, who administered the oath of allegiance, the judicial oath and the oath of secrecy, cautioned the newly appointed judges to be motivated to achieve best in their careers.

Ghana was hit with a massive judicial scandal when it was revealed in an expose by Anas Aremeyaw Anas that Superior and lower court judges took bribes in order to free criminals.

Over twenty magistrates have so far been removed from office based on the recommendations by the committee formed to investigate allegations of “stated misbehavior” leveled against them.

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