The trial of NDC member James Gyakye Quayson will begin each day on July 4, 2023, according to a decision by Justice Mary Yanzuh of the Accra High Court.
The court emphasised that there was no need for a review and that its prior ruling, which was delivered on June 16, followed the law.
Adjournments are made at the court’s discretion, not at the parties’ convenience, according to Justice Yanzuh.
Clearly in compliance with the law was this court’s decision. Denial of the right to a fair trial does not result from a court’s simple rejection.
The court’s choice to deny Mr. Quayson further time for campaigning, the judge claimed, did not violate his rights.
Additionally, they provided papers that contained remarks made by the Attorney General that they said were prejudicial to the case.
Nevertheless, Justice Yanzuh decided that these claims were irrelevant to the issue at hand and did not call for a review.
“A fair trial prohibits excessive waiting. Trials should not be overly postponed in the sake of justice, Justice Yanzuh emphasised as she postponed the proceedings to June 29 and July 4.
The judge went on to say that the trial will continue day by day after that, taking into consideration the fact that the court was closed on Mondays, the forthcoming by-election, the upcoming holiday, and Martyrs’ Day.
Diana Asonaba Dapaah, a deputy attorney general, expressed pleasure with the court’s ruling and noted that it adheres to accepted legal standards. She added, “It fits with what we have always said that the dates for hearings are up to the court to decide and not at the convenience of an accused person.”
We don’t have any problems with day-to-day life after the elections, said Baba Jamal, a member of Mr. Quayson’s legal team, who expressed his happiness with the decision. Time was needed for the campaign. We are happy even though our application was denied.
This decision sets the ground for James Gyakye Quayson’s trial and demonstrates the court’s dedication to establishing a fair and effective judicial system.