Speaker advocates for national dialogue on ceiling of SC judges
The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, is advocating for a national dialogue on whether the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court (SC ) should be capped.
The speaker commenting on the issue which came up during the vetting of the four new Supreme Court judges nominees said “I think that the House and Ghanaians should consider and decide on the matter very carefully, otherwise we will always be asking judges on issues which they cannot make specific pronouncement, especially, when they are seeking approval to the Supreme Court. This is the dilemma of our situation.”
According to the Speaker, “the capping position of the Supreme Court in the United States should not be compared with Ghana’s position at all, and for very good reasons.”
He made the suggestion last Wednesday after he announced the approval of the nomination of the four justices to the Supreme Court.
The four are Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga, Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu, both justices of the Appeal Court; Professor Henrietta J. A. N. Mensa-Bonsu, a former Law lecturer at the University of Ghana, and Mr Emmanuel Yonny Kulendi, a private legal practitioner.
During his vetting last week, mounted a strong Yoni Kulendi opposition to capping the number of justices at the apex court.
The private legal practitioner opined that ceiling the number of Supreme Court justices would be “boxing” the justice system into a corner.
To him, an open limit was the best because it would allow flexibility in the justice system and allow it to adapt to the needs of the people.
Mr. Kulendi further explained the apex court gets a lot of cases and limiting the number of justices there could make the court get inundated with cases.
He stressed should the number be capped today, it may lead to amendments in the future since population growth would demand that the number be increased.