The Ghana Bar Association (GBA), has supported Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame’s proposal for live telecast of all court cases of national importance apart from election petitions.
The Attorney-General, Godfred Dame at the opening of this year’s Bench, Bar and Faculty Conference on Thursday, observed that some lawyers disseminate falsehoods about the judiciary on social media after losing a case.
Citing the case of Akoto and Tuffour v Attorney-General, Mr. Dame said even though some lawyers were quick to jump on social media to “propagate what sometimes, is falsely portrayed as academic critique, they are loath to engage in a real scholarly examination of judgments of the Superior Courts.”
Hence his recommendation would assist in curbing what he described as unacceptable practices in the legal fraternity
Speaking in an interview on Top Story on Thursday, the Public Relations Officer of GBA, Saviour Kudze said he shared the Attorney-General’s view.
“I agree with the Attorney-General. I believe that once we are able to make a determination as to what case or cases constitute cases of national or public interest, then we are good to go,” Mr. Kudze said.
However, the Director of Legal Affairs of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Abraham Amaliba on the other has disagreed with the Attorney-General for admonishing lawyers who criticise the judiciary.
According to him, the A-G’s continuous support of judgments by the Supreme Court poses a threat to the justice delivery system of the country.
He noted that such utterances by the Justice Minister would rather derail the confidence in the judicial system of the country.
“I totally disagree with the Attorney-General. He is [rather] increasingly becoming a danger to our justice delivery system. His conduct and comment and always coming to the defence of the judiciary will give the perception that the Executive and the Judiciary are ‘friends’ and it is rather more dangerous,” he told host, Evans Mensah.
Reacting to this, Mr Klutse said: “I don’t see it as anything out of place for A-G to have made such a comment on an occasion such as this because that was the essence for a programme like this.”
According to him, critiquing doesn’t call for denigration.
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