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2011-07-01 11:53:43

But of all the judicial travesty, nothing is as infuriating to civil libertarian and human rights activist as Georgina Wood’s tacit approval of the attempt by the Association of Judges and Magistrate of Ghana to gag and bully four lawyers (Dr. Raymond Atubuga, Mr. David Anan, Mr. Larry Bimi, and Mr. Abraham Amaliba) for speaking about the wanton corruption and abuse office by some judges.

First, judicial decision are not mere judgments, they are almost laws in themselves. They constitute precedents for future judgments of our courts. This judgment supposes that political parties can deny contractors to a contractor in ministries and government departments simply because he/she have or had made allegation of ministerial corruption in government.

The Association of Judges and Magistrates of Ghana, like all the political parties, are not mention in the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana. Therefore, again like political parties, they have no right to deny a Ghanaian or a group thereof the right to legally earn a living in Ghana. If any of our political parties impose such penalty on Ghanaians for saying there is corruption in their government. I am sure supporters of the opposing party would use that as a rallying cry. I am therefore very surprise at the tacit approval of the NPP in this clear human rights violation on a group of Ghanaians for simple expressing their views. Supporters of the NPP should be ashamed of themselves. They created this problem and are slowly dragging a very important state institution in the mud with them.

Second, every Ghanaian has the right to be heard in court by a counsel of their choice. The Constitution granted Ghanaians the freedom of choice in this instance. The Association of Judges and Magistrates of Ghana is also by this violating the rights of Ghanaians as whole. They are limiting our rights to expertise. They are telling Ghanaians by their decision that they!! and they!!! alone would determine who should represent us in court. How would supporters of the NPP feel if President Mills orders that anyone working in the public sector and affiliated with the NPP be fired. I guess those NPP law lecturers at public universities who are willing to support the destruction of others in legal community by judges would laud that effort.

Third and finally, Ghanaians have the right to petition a court of competence if they believe their rights are violated or in the process of being infringed. Therefore it is very very wrong for the Supreme Court, the highest court of the land, to deny Dr. Raymond Atubuga access to justice because he spoke his mind. Speaking once mind is not a crime in Ghana. Even if it were a crime, those accused crimes should have access to the courts and be heard in defense by a counsel of their choice. The judges acts in this situation is synonymous to detention without trial. Unfortunately, this very fundamental principle of democracy and rule of law have and are being mutilated by judges in Ghana, including Chief Justice Georgina Wood.

The judiciary has never been through such turmoil. It is against this back drop that we call on Chief Justice Georgina wood to resign. Her stewardship had done enough damage to the credibility and independence of the judiciary and her continual stay in office would make matters even worse. The judiciary is too important to be headed by a partisan Chief Justice. Her resignation would pave the much needed avenue for the judiciary to heal and regain the confidence of Ghanaians of all political stripes.

As Ghanaians we should be cognizance of the importance of the judiciary to our peace and security. We all remember the Ivorian Electoral impasse that left 1000s dead, wounded and rendered homeless. There was a judicial twist to the Ivorian crisis. It is the head of the Ivorian Constitutional Court Paul Yao N’Dre that annulled the result of that election leading Ivory Coast to a political disaster.

She had already proven that she could unilaterally appoint Judges at midnight to hear election related cases. Judges can make and unmake our country, and in my candid opinion Chief Justice Georgina Wood is out there to damage Ghana as we know it. In fact it is in the national interest that she resigns. Many Ghanaians do not trust her leadership, the manner of her appointment, and her judicial decisions thus far. Giving her very pluralizing character, Justice Georgina should resign. For judges in our highest courts can’t afford the perception of partiality. This will have the ultimate effect of undermining the necessary confidence needed in a democratic judicial system. “Daylight is the best disinfectant” Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis United States Supreme Court

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