New CJ must solve snail's pace justice delivery in Ghana- Minority Leader

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The newly-sworn-in Chief Justice has been charged to undertake judicial reforms that will lead to the timeous delivery of justice in the country.

Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu said the slow tortuous and cumbersome nature of the country’s justice delivery system should not be allowed to continue under Her Ladyship Sophia Akuffo.

He does not understand how some cases, especially, land litigation cases continue to linger in the courts for over 20 years.

“Justice delayed is justice denied,” he quoted the popular adage, Monday, while supporting the motion for the new Chief Justice to be approved by Parliament.

The Appointments Committee of Parliament Monday unanimously approved the nomination of Sophia Akuffo after a marathon vetting, Friday.

The nominee was subjected to over five hours of probing by members of the Appointments Committee of Parliament as well as the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee of the House.

The questions ranged from what her legal philosophy is; whether lawyers must advertise; her position on cases she sat on including the infamous Montie 3; delays in the justice delivery system in the country; mob justice and how the judiciary is positioning itself to deal with perpetrators of such heinous crimes etc.

She refrained from discussing issues that were pending in before the courts, lamented the unnecessary delays in the courts; and promised to innovate and introduce technology in the court systems.

Her responses, depth of knowledge and demeanour during the vetting have been applauded by many.

On Monday, the Chairman of the Appointments Committee of Parliament Joe Osei Owusu in moving a motion for the approval of the Chief Justice, said the nominee’s high standards, competence and integrity were on display during the vetting, leaving the members of the committee with no choice but to approve her unanimously.

“The nominee qualifies to serve as Chief Justice of the country. It is the consideration of the committee that the nominee be approved by the House,” he said.

The Minority Leader also supported the call saying, “she is qualified enough having been appointed to the Supreme Court in 1995 by ex-president John Rawlings.”

He was particularly impressed when the nominee said justice was her legal philosophy.

Haruna Iddrisu believes the country’s judicial system will be “safeguarded in her hands” but charged her to work on the slow nature of Ghana’s justice delivery system.