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Chief Justice defends request for more Supreme Court judges

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Chief Justice Gertrude Torkornoo has defended her request for additional Supreme Court judges, citing the overwhelming number of cases the apex court handles.

Delivering her closing remarks after the hearing of two lawsuits filed by Broadcast Journalist Richard Dela Sky and Researcher Dr. Amanda Odoi against Parliament’s passage of the anti-gay bill, the Chief Justice highlighted the need for more judges.

“The ruling is adjourned to July 17, 2024. We must thank everyone for their patience, but this is our lot. There are several cases pending, right? That is why we need more Supreme Court judges,” she stated.

Her comments follow a formal request to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to nominate five judges to the Supreme Court of Ghana, aiming to strengthen the judiciary with highly qualified and experienced legal minds.

The names nominated for appointment to the Supreme Court include Justice Afia Serwaa Asare Botchwey, the presiding judge in the ambulance case involving Minority Leader Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, as well as Justice Afia Asare Botwe, Justice Cyra Pamela Koranteng, Justice Edward Amoako Asante, Justice Eric Kyei Baffuour, and Justice Angelina Mensah Homiah.

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