The Supreme Court hearing the election petition started off with an unusual barrage of warnings supposedly meant for the Executive Director of Danquah Institute, Gabby Asare Otchere Darko as well as lawyers, journalists and the audience in court who are fond of switching off the air conditioners.
Judge Nasiru Gbadegbe set the tone when he lashed implicitly at Gabby for describing judges as “timid” for ruling in favour of Bernard Mornah, General Secretary of the Peoples National Convention (PNC) in a case Mr Mornah filed challenging aspects of CI 74.
Whilst he did not mention any name, Myjoyonline.com can safely assume the learned judge was talking about an article written by the Executive Director in the wake of the ruling given by the judges in that case. Gabby described the judges ruling as “timid.”
The Judge lamented saying, “much as we are open to fair criticism, some of the criticism are going beyond bounds; to describe judges as timid is not healthy for the administration of justice”.
The Judge believed it was an unacceptable commentary on the decision of the Court.
Coming on the heels of Justice Gbadegbe, the Presiding Judge Atuguba also issued another stern warning to lawyers and journalists to be accurate in their reports of proceedings in court.
He cited a typical case of the Benoni Amekudzi incident and accused some lawyers, journalists of misreporting what actually happened.
He said the court wants to be liberal but warns they will be forced to take action if they are taken for granted.
“Too much liberality spoils things”, he concluded.
One of the judges picked up issues with the audience in court who are fond of switching off the air conditioners. She warned that the air-conditions in the court must never be switched off.
She noted that if the people who come to the court to watch proceedings feel cold they should be properly dressed the next time they come to court.
Her complaint was based on the fact that their heavy garb tended to make it unbearably hot in the court room without the air-conditioners.
She cautioned the audience to stop suffocating them by putting the air-conditioners off.
The is the first time three judges have had to have issues with various sections of the public outside the court.