Story: Yaw Takyi
Parliament’s Appointment Committee has recommended the approval of the nomination of only two Justices to the Supreme Court out of the four Justices who were nominated by the President in July.
The two Justices whose approval has been recommended are Justice Barbara Frances Ackah-Yensu and Justice Samuel Kwame Adibu Asiedu, all of whom are currently Court of Appeal judges.
In its 27th report on the nomination of judges to the Supreme Court submitted to the House, the Committee said “the nominees demonstrated dexterity in the knowledge of the law and showed character and competence.”
It said the two nominees pledged to interpret the law without fear or favour and eschew partisanship in their rulings.
“The Committee, therefore, recommends to the House by consensus, the approval of Justice Barbara Frances Ackah-Yensu and Justice Samuel Kwame Adibu Aseidu as Justices to the Supreme Court of Ghana.
“The Committee also requests the House to adopt its report and approve the nominees as Justices to the Supreme Court,” the report said.
The other two justices whose names were excluded from the approval report were Justices George Kingsley Koomson and Ernest Yao Gaewu.
All four Justices were vetted on October 18 and 19 for consideration to be named Justices of the Apex Court.
President Akufo-Addo nominated these Justices to fill up expected vacancies at the apex court.
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, on July 26 announced the nominations on the floor of the House following a letter he received from the Presidency.
“As a result of pending and projected vacancies at the Supreme Court this year, the Judicial Council advised me on 4th July 2022 by letter under the hand of its Chairperson, Chief Justice Anin-Yeboah of the suitabilities of my nominations for appointment to the Court of these persons in accordance with Article 144 (2) of the constitution,” Alban Bagbin read to Members of Parliament.