Judicial bribery scandal: High Court dismisses case by 14 judges

The High Court has dismissed a case brought by 14 circuit judges and magistrates to stop disciplinary proceedings against them.

The 14 lower court judges had argued the disciplinary proceedings, initiated by the Judicial Council, were instituted in breach of the constitution.

They are part of 22 lower court judges caught on video allegedly taking bribes to pervert justice.

Acting on a petition filed by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas who documented the alleged infractions, Chief Justice Georgina Wood and the Judicial Council established a five-member committee to probe them.

Fourteen of the 22, however, went to the High Court arguing the committee had no mandate to sit on the matter.

The Attorney-General filed a motion asking the High Court presided over by a Court of Appeal Judge, Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, to dismiss the case of the 14.

The court agreed with the A-G’s arguments and dismissed the case.

Justice Torkornoo said the court could not constitute a guard on the Judicial Council’s discharge of its administrative functions.

More soon.

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