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Judgment must lead to orderly devt of nation – President to judges

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has swore in three Supreme Court judges, charging them with ensuring that their decisions contribute to the nation’s orderly growth.

He said that the Constitution designated the Supreme Court as the policy court, where far-reaching rulings on the legal implications of the country’s socioeconomic growth were crafted in response to the necessities of the time.

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Justice Henry Anthony Kwofie, Justice Yaw Darko Asare, and Justice Richard Adjei-Frimpong were sworn in as new Supreme Court judges at a ceremony at Accra’s Jubilee House.

President Akufo-Addo followed tradition by administering the Oath of Allegiance, the Judicial Oath, and the Oath of Secrecy in in succession to the three, after which he presented them with the Warrants of Appointment draped in red, gold and green colours.

The freshly sworn-in judges signed the Oath Book, to which President Akufo-Addo also signed.

The Chief Justice, Justice Gertrude Sackey Torkornoo, members of the Judicial Council, the President of the ECOWAS Court of Justice, Justice Edward Amoako Asante, family members, and friends were in attendance.

The oath was administered in accordance with Article 144 (2) of the Constitution and follows a rigorous nomination and confirmation procedure established by the Judicial Council in conjunction with the Council of State and with the agreement of Parliament.

Their appointments were prompted by vacancies in the Supreme Court caused by the obligatory retirements of Nene Abayateye Ofoe Amegatcher on February 3, 2023, Chief Justice Kwasi Enin Yeboah on May 24, 2023, and Jones on February 3, 2023 , and Jones Victor Mawulorm Dotse on June 8, 2023.

President Akufo-Addo said: “The constitution has its letter of the law, equally the constitution has its spirit.

Its language, therefore, must be considered as if it were a living organism capable of growth and development.

“A broad and liberal spirit is required for its interpretation.

It does not admit of a narrow interpretation.

A doctrinaire approach to interpretation would not do.

“We must take account of its principles and bring that consideration to bear in bringing it into conformity with the needs of the time,” he added.

On behalf of his colleagues, Justice Kwofie expressed appreciation to the President for their appointment, and to all those who saw to their successful screening, vetting and swearing in.

He gave an assurance that they would execute their mandate without fear, favour or ill will, but in conformity with the law for the orderly development of the country.

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