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General News of Monday, 11 May 2020

Source: Starr FM

Judges should not view cases with political eye – Justice Honyenuga

A Supreme Court nominee Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga says judges should not look at cases before them with a political eye.

In his view, once judges have sworn an oath to be fair and just to all manner of people, it is critical that they stick to the law in the delivery of justice.

Answering a question on whether judges should consider the political connotation of cases before them, during his promotional vetting at the appointments Committee Monday, Justice Honyenuga said judges are only to give judgments based on where the evidence leads them.

“As a judge, you have taken an oath to do justice, if a case comes there is no reason to look at it with a political eye. You listen and apply your judgment with regards to where the evidence has led you,” he said.

The President in March this year nominated four individuals to be considered as justices of the apex court of the land.

Below are details of the others


Mensa-Bonsu is a professor and senior law lecturer at the University of Ghana School of law. Joy Henrietta Mensa-Bonsui attended Wesley Girls High School, University of Ghana and Yale University, obtaining a Master of Laws (LLM) in 1985.

She became a full law lecturer at the University of Ghana in 2002, and in 2003 was elected as a fellow into the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.

She has used platforms available to her to advocate for peace to accelerate national development. She was the guest speaker at the Second Annual Peace Lecture put together by the Accra West chapter of the Rotary Club and the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), where she spoke about the “need to nurture peace” without waiting “till the need arises for peace before we go for it”.

She delivered the 2014 University of Ghana Alumni Association lecture on the topic “The African Union’s Peace and Security Architecture: A guarantor of peace and security on the continent”.

In 2017, Mensa-Bonsu failed in her bid to be elected as a Judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC)


Yonny Kulendi is managing practitioner of his law firm Kulendi@Law, a commercial, litigation, and constitutional law practice.

Kulendi@Law currently is made up of nine lawyers with diverse interests and specializations. Previously, he was an associate barrister and solicitor at Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co.

He underwent pupilage there, where he was assigned to the Legal Aid Board of Accra for his national service. Yoni is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ghana, Legon, with an LLB Honors. He completed his law degree at the Ghana School of Law, where he obtained a barrister of law degree and a solicitors certificate.

He is a member of the Ghana Bar. Yonny also holds an MA in international security and civil-military relations from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, USA.

He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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