Chief Justice justifies recommendation of 5 judges to Supreme Court, cites workload

The Chief Justice, Gertrude Torkonoo has justified her recommendation to President Akufo-Addo to consider five judges for the Supreme Court.

According to the Chief Justice, the Supreme Court needs more judges to handle the overwhelming number of cases currently before it.

This comes after a letter by the CJ to the President was circulated on both traditional and social media.

Among the judges recommended is Justice Afia Serwaa Asare Botwe, the current judge presiding over the Ato Forson ambulance procurement trial.

The four other judges are Justice Cyra Pamela Koranteng, Justice Edward Amoako Asante, Justice Eric Kyei Baffuour and Justice Angelina Mensah Homiah.

While explaining the reason for the adjournment of the ruling on the lawsuits filed by Researcher Amanda Odoi and Broadcast Journalist Richard Dela Sky regarding the anti-LGBT bill, Madam Torkonoo emphasized the need for more Supreme Court judges.

“There are several cases pending and that is why we need more Supreme Court judges,” she stressed.

In a May 30, 2024 dated letter, the Chief Justice, Gertrude Torkornoo had asked President Akufo-Addo to nominate five judges to the Supreme Court.

She used the opportunity to highlight the qualifications and current roles of the nominees to the President.

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