The recent Supreme Court decision regarding the eligibility of Gyakye Quayson, the Member of Parliament for Assin North, has stirred controversy and brought the integrity of Ghana’s Judicial Service into question. Justice Atuguba’s characterization of the situation as “scandalous” has ignited a debate among social commentators, leading many to question the trustworthiness of the country’s highest court.
The Supreme Court’s ruling, which declared Gyakye Quayson’s election as null and void due to his dual citizenship at the time of filing to contest, has been met with mixed reactions. However, it is Justice Atuguba’s choice of words that has added fuel to the fire. Describing the matter as “scandalous” during the court proceedings has raised eyebrows and triggered concerns about the perceived impartiality and professionalism of the judiciary.
Social commentators are now openly questioning whether the Judicial Service can be trusted to uphold justice without bias or influence. The use of strong language by a sitting justice has prompted discussions on the appropriate conduct expected from members of the judiciary, especially in high-profile cases that have far-reaching implications for the political landscape.
The implications of Justice Atuguba’s remarks extend beyond the Gyakye Quayson case, permeating the public’s perception of the judiciary as a whole. Trust in the judicial system is fundamental for a healthy democracy, and any perception of impropriety can erode the confidence citizens place in the institutions designed to safeguard justice.
Critics argue that the language used by Justice Atuguba may contribute to the perception that the judiciary is not immune to political influences or personal biases. Social commentators are urging the Judicial Service to address these concerns transparently, emphasizing the need for judges to maintain a level of decorum and objectivity that instills confidence in the public.
As Ghana grapples with the aftermath of this high-profile case, the broader question of the judiciary’s credibility remains at the forefront. Rebuilding trust in the Judicial Service will require not only fair and just rulings but also a commitment to maintaining a professional and impartial demeanor, free from language that could be construed as reflecting personal sentiments rather than the pursuit of justice. The coming months will likely see continued scrutiny of the judiciary’s conduct, with implications for its perceived trustworthiness on the national stage.
story filed by: Nana kwaku Duah