The newly sworn-in High Court Judges has been charged by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to discharge their duties diligently to eschew corruption and protect the integrity of the judicial services.
He gave the advice on February 7, 2023, at the Banquet Hall of the Jubilee House in Accra when he sworn into office 21 new high court judges to increase the overall current number of high court judges from 106 to 127.
The sworn-in was accorded with administering the oaths of allegiance and secrecy as well as the judicial oath to the new Justices of the Superior Court of Judicature.
The new justices are Kwame Polley, William Appiah Twumasi, Baah Forson Agyapong, Marian Affoh, Nana Brew, Abena Anponsah Buansi, Ellen Lordina Serwaa Mirehu, Priscilla Dapaah Mireku, Alexander Oworae, Joyce Boahen, Edward Twum and Gwendolyn Millicent Owusu.
Among the rest included Justices Rosemary Baah Tosu, Frederick Kwabena Twumasi, Adedaide Abui Keddey, Harry Aheampong- Opoku, Kenneth Edem Kudjordjie, John-Mark Nuku Alifo, Kwesi Adjenim-Boateng, George Aikins Ampiah- Bonney and Marie-Louise Simmons.
Addressing the newly sworn-in judges, Nana Akufo-Addo asked them to stay away from all form of corruption and corrupted-related activities as they embarked on their journey as judges of the Superior Court of Judicature.
“It is essential that you exhibit that you are honest, possess integrity, and a sound knowledge of the law. A corrupt or incompetent judge is a danger to the public interest and judicial administration,” the President Akufo-Addo stressed.
He also admonished them to ensure that they deliver justice without fear or favour.
He reiterated the government’s commitment to improving infrastructure to ensure that the judiciary is able to work properly.
On their part, Justice Kwame Polley on behalf of his colleagues thanked the President and promised to work according to the provisions of the laws of Ghana.
“On behalf of my colleague justices sworn in today to the high court, and on my own behalf, we express our profound gratitude for the confidence reposed in us. We have resolved to discharge our mandate and duties as provided by the constitution and the laws of our dear nation, Ghana.
Specifically, we promise to work to the best of our abilities without fear, favour or ill affection toward all manner of persons who may appear before us,” Justice Polley pledged.