Judiciary must overhaul judges’ recruitment process – Emile Short

Former CHRAJ Commissioner, Emile Short, says the documentary on judicial corruption must be a wakeup call to re-examine the current process of selecting persons to the bench.

The retired Judge observes that under the current system, not enough background checks are done to determine the suitability of some persons for the judicial office.

“There is a need for the Judiciary to take a deep look at the procedure and process for recruiting judges, and to the overall operating system – the relationship — between bailiffs, court clerks and judges”, he said on the Super Morning Show, Thursday.

The former human rights and administrative justice Commissioner was among hundreds who thronged the Accra International Conference Centre to watch a three-hour audio-visual compilation of high court and lower court judges allegedly taking bribes.

The documentary, compiled by the masked investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye PI team, implicates 12 high court judges and some 22 magistrates allegedly agreeing to alter their judgements to favour undercover journalists who had baited the judges with cash, foodstuffs and women.

“Some of the characters who appear in the video as judges, lack the poise and comportment one would expect from persons who hold such high office,” said Justice Emile Short on the video.

He said a systems re-engineering must be done not only at the judiciary but also at other state institutions like the Passport Office, Driver and Vehicular Licensing Authority (DVLA), the Customs, Lands Commission et al.

“This is a wakeup call for us to implement the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan”, he said.

NACAP is supposed to be the blueprint in Ghana’s battle against corruption, however, implementation of key frameworks in the plan has been dogged with lack of political will by governments.

Emile Short says the video should encourages all and sundry to resist and report corruption.

“I am glad the video shows the names of some of the judges who resisted the attempts to bribe them. It shows that there are many judges who are discharging their duties with integrity,” he said.

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