The Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood has turned down a request by a private citizen who petitioned her to allow filming in the Supreme Court during the oral examination of businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome by former Attorney General, Martin Amidu.
Mr. Richard Asante Yeboah argued that allowing live cameras in the court room would ensure transparency in the process and ensure that Ghanaians are updated “on how our Tax-cedi was expended in this Woyome debacle.”
He further argues that the move “would equally end the usual media spin that characterizes court room reporting and throw more light on the matter especially the incessant tantrums and accusations of Mr. Alfred Agbesi Woyome to the effect that the apex court of the land, the Supreme Court has sidestepped the constitution and has rather chosen to persecute him.”
However, Mrs Wood, in a letter written on her behalf by Judicial Secretary Justice Alex Poku-Acheampong, said she cannot accede to a request for a live telecast because it “is not the normal practice by the Judiciary”.
The only time Ghana’s Chief Justice allowed cameras in the court room was during the Election Petition case in 2012.