Court upholds motion against embattled judges and magistrates

An Accra High Court has upheld a motion filed by the state on notice to strike out the pleadings of the 14 judges and magistrates implicated in the judicial scandal.

The 14 judges and magistrates were against the disciplinary committee set up by the Chief Justice.

The court presided over by Justice Gertrude Torkornu said the process has just started and could not be described as improper.

“I, therefore, agree with the applicant and uphold the motion,” she stated.

Prior to the ruling, Mrs Hellen Ziwu, the acting Solicitor-General argued that on the bases of the pleadings, there was no argument at all and that the proceedings going on was supported by law.

She said looking at the plaintiffs’ pleadings and relief being sought for, it was an abuse of the court process.

She also said the plaintiffs’ reliefs and pleadings to prevent the committee from investigating them was not accepted by law and that the Judicial Council had the right under the constitution to do so.

Mr John Ndebugri, the lead counsel for the plaintiffs, told the court that the admission by the applicant that the accused judges had the right to be taken through the process was wrong.

He questioned, whether, these judges were really taken through the supposed process initiated by the Chief Justice. GNA

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