Chief Justice nominee, Gertrude Torkornoo, does not want the evaluation of her performance as an adjudicator to be limited to her judgements.

She believes her work would be better appreciated in its entirety if her bigger role in the judiciary as one of the major arms of government is looked at.

She said this when she appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament during her vetting to replace the retired Chief Justice.

“I have given hundreds of judgement from high court till now and I think there would have been a really great relief to know that I am assessed on my work as a whole,” she said on Friday.

Her remark was in response to a comment by Bawku Central Member of Parliament, Mahama Ayariga regarding a recent ruling on the former Assin North MP, James Gyakye Quayson.

Mr Ayariga was concerned that the full details of the reasoning behind the removal of Gyakye Quayson’s name from the list of MPs were yet to be made public.

Presiding Judge Justice Jones Dotse on Wednesday, May 17, ruled that the Electoral Commission (EC) acted unconstitutionally in allowing him to contest the 2020 parliamentary elections without proof of him renouncing his Canadian Citizenship.

According to the Bawku Central legislator, it is a concerning that the rationale is yet to be published and may not reflect well on her career as an incoming Chief Justice.

But Justice Gertrude Torkornoo insisted that there is no cause for alarm, adding that the judgment’s detail will come after a thorough assessment is carried out.

“You know the Supreme Court is not a court unless five people are sitting and in constitutional matters, we are seven. So, seven people are working together and that’s why very often, indeed, almost invariably, [in] every judgment given by the Supreme Court, the reasons come out long after the audits and the rulings because that’s how we work,” she explained.

The 60-year-old was nominated by President Akufo-Addo in April to replace the now-retired Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah.

If approved, Gertrude Torkornoo will become the third female Chief Justice in the history of Ghana after Justices Georgina Theodora Wood and Sophia Akuffo respectively.

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