President Nana Akufo-Addo has nominated four new justices to be appointed to be the Supreme Court.
This was made known by the First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu, following a statement the presidency sent to Parliament.
The four are Justice Samuel K. Marful-Sau (Justice of Appeal), Justice Agnes M. A. Dordzie (Justice of Appeal), Prof Nii Ashie Kotey (former Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Legon) and Nene A.O. Amegatcher (private legal practitioner and former President of the Ghana Bar Association).
As of 2016, there were 14 Supreme Court judges. But at least three Supreme Court judges have retired or are expected to retire in a few years.
Currently, there are 12 justices of the Supreme Court.
They are expected to be vetted by Parliament’s Appointment Committee.
The statement said the President made the appointments “pursuant to Article 144 (2) of the Constitution”, the Judicial Council’s advice and in consultation with the Council of State.
“Upon receipt of the Judicial Council’s advice, and in accordance with my duty under Article 144 (2), I consulted with the Council of State by submitting the names and curricula vitae of the nominees for appointment to the Supreme Court. The Council of State has notified my office that the consultation process for the appointment of the nominees as Justices of the Supreme Court is now completed.
“I am, therefore, in accordance with Article 144 (2), seeking the approval of Parliament for the appointment of the nominees as Justices of the Supreme Court…Mr Speaker, it is my respectful hope and expectation that the approval of the nominees will proceed expeditiously, to enable them assume office as soon as practicable,” the President added in the statement.
Source: The Finder