According to him, the judiciary must earn the public’s respect through the quality of the justice it delivers and the conduct of its members.
Dorothy Ayodele Kingsly-Nyinah and Ama Sefenya Ayittey have been appointed as the new judges.
The President congratulated them on their appointment during a ceremony at the Jubilee House in Accra, during which he administered the judicial oath, the oath of allegiance, and the oath of secrecy.
He urged them to stand out in their work by being honest, ethical, and knowledgeable about the law.
The President described as unacceptable “the situation where Judges proffered judgements on the basis of decisions from lower courts and cite them as law and even less so when Judges cited no authority at all for their rulings and give an order without reasons.”
They should know their case law and ensure that their decisions and judgments are motivated correctly.
President Akufo-Addo implored the judges to ensure that they adjudicate cases with fear or favour, ill will or affection, and they must at all material times, protect the fundamental rights of the citizens.
He further admonished them to be mindful of unjustified delays that portrayed Ghana as a location where litigation took an excessive amount of time, emphasising that “This affects the country’s attractiveness as an investment destination.”
In order to keep Ghanaians’ trust and maintain the country’s reputation as one where the rule of law is upheld, the President urged the judges to use technology to advance the rule of law.
“We know that harnessing the power of technology to advance the rule of law is critical in this modern era, if we are to maintain the confidence of the Ghanaian people and shore-up our country’s reputation as a country governed by the rule of law.
“I encourage both of you to take full advantage of the E-justice system in order to expedite the conduct of cases that comes before you and enhance the management of cases before the court,” he said.
Justice Kingsly-Nyinah thanked the President for the confidence reposed in her and her colleague.
She pledged that they would carry out their duties in accordance with the constitution and all other laws, and that justice would be perceived to be done equitably.