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**Majority Backs Chief Justice Torkornoo’s Request for Appointment of Five Additional Supreme Court Justices**

 

In a decisive show of support, the majority in Parliament has endorsed Chief Justice Gertrude Torkornoo’s recent request for the appointment of five additional Justices to the Supreme Court, asserting that her proposal adheres strictly to the legal framework governing judicial appointments in Ghana.

Chief Justice Torkornoo’s request comes at a time when the Supreme Court is facing a growing backlog of cases and an increasing workload, necessitating the expansion of the bench to ensure timely and efficient delivery of justice. In her formal communication to Parliament, Chief Justice Torkornoo emphasized the need for more Justices to maintain the court’s operational efficiency and uphold the rule of law.

Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, speaking on behalf of the majority caucus, affirmed the legality and necessity of the Chief Justice’s request. He underscored that the appointment of additional Justices is well within the constitutional mandate provided under Article 128 of the 1992 Constitution, which allows for the President to appoint Supreme Court Justices upon the advice of the Judicial Council and with the approval of Parliament.

“There is no infringement of the law in the Chief Justice’s request. It is a move aimed at strengthening our judiciary and ensuring that justice is not delayed for the people of Ghana. The Constitution clearly provides for such appointments to address the needs of the judiciary,” Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu stated.

The majority’s stance has been met with a mix of support and skepticism from various quarters. Supporters argue that the increasing caseload and the complexity of legal issues necessitate a larger bench to expedite judicial processes and enhance the quality of justice delivered. They contend that an expanded Supreme Court will be better equipped to handle the diverse and growing legal challenges facing the nation.

Critics, however, have raised concerns about the potential for political interference in the judiciary and the financial implications of appointing additional Justices. They urge transparency and strict adherence to merit-based criteria in the selection process to ensure the independence and integrity of the Supreme Court.

Despite these concerns, the majority remains resolute in its support for Chief Justice Torkornoo’s request. They emphasize that the ultimate goal is to fortify the judiciary and reinforce public confidence in the legal system.

“The appointment of additional Justices is not only a legal obligation but a practical necessity to ensure that our judiciary can function effectively and serve the needs of the people. We must prioritize the efficiency and credibility of our judicial system,” Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu concluded.

As the proposal moves forward, it will require the endorsement of the Judicial Council and the approval of Parliament before the President can make the appointments. The majority’s backing signals a significant step towards addressing the operational challenges faced by the Supreme Court and enhancing the overall administration of justice in Ghana.

story filed by: Nana kwaku Duah

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