Business As Usual In Court

Despite the latest exposé by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, about corruption in the judiciary, several courts in Accra yesterday conducted normal business.

At the high courts, which now house the circuit courts, most of the judges were on duty hearing cases.

Lawyers on the other hand, buried their faces in the newspapers, hoping to find the names of the judges who had been caught in the web of the journalist.

Some court reporters discussed the issue in groups, expressing worry over the possible repercussions of the exposé.

While others argued that the release of the video could make their work at the court difficult, others opined that the ‘evil’ ones must be exposed.

They noted that already some judges are not media friendly and may as a result of the expose be ‘cautious’ of reporters who enter their courts to discharge their duties.

Meanwhile, the Disciplinary Committee of the Judicial Council, chaired by a Justice of the Supreme Court, constituted to investigate the petition against 22 circuit court judges and magistrates who are alleged to be involved in the scandal, has suspended them.

This follows a report that 36 superior court judges had been caught red-handed in the act of bribe taking.

The damning revelation contained in the latest exposé by Anas titled, ‘Ghana in the Eyes of God – Epic of Injustice,’ is expected to be premiered at the Accra International Conference Centre on September 22, 2015.

According to sources, the bribery scandal has shaken the judiciary to its very foundation, with some of the high profile judges tendering in their resignation letters, while others might have to be pushed out.

Most of the judges had handled high profile cases with questionable outcomes that shook the nation like an earth tremor.

Sources said the investigations took the journalist about two years to complete, with video and audio evidences.

When news about the exposé broke, some of the judges, according to sources, quickly dashed to the office of the Chief Justice, Georgina Wood, pleading with her not to release it; but there was little the CJ could do.

The judiciary has oftentimes been accused of corruption but little had been done to weed out the bad nuts.

It may be recalled that in 2011, four Accra-based lawyers – Dr Raymond Atuguba, David Annan, Abraham Amaliba and the late Larry Bimi – were hauled before the General Legal Council by the Association of Magistrates and Judges of Ghana (AMJ) to substantiate corruption allegations they had made against some judges.

This time around, however, according to Anas, there is hardcore evidence to pin the 36 superior court judges down to their corrupt acts.

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By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson 

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