About The Courts,Judges and Fairness
Bright Ayivor ,Accra Polytechnic
Daniel Assifu (Accra Polytechnic)
Frederick Adipah (Accra Polytechnic)
I have always been a staunch advocate of the independence of the judiciary, however if one takes a careful look at how the Mpiani and Wereko Brobbey trials went concerning Ghana @50 to celebrate Ghana's independence celebrations,with a clean pair of glasses,you can only come to the conclusion that our courts are under siege. For me the solution to the problem would be to go back to the chieftaincy system.That system did us a lot of good when when it came to settling disputes and delivering justice.Chieftaincy might not be relevant today because of our republican status,but there were some practices of that system we must not throw away."
Godwin Addae (Accra polytechnic)
"It is common knowledge that every human institution cannot be expected to be perfect.However there are a few things we can do in order to bring sanity into the judiciary.The political interference must stop with immediate effect.All the things we were taught about separation of powers do not make meaning any longer.I accept there must be some sort of collaboration amongst the various arms of government but the interference is becoming juust too much.A system must be put in place such that parties in a case would not be able to determine which judge would be sitting on their cases, although i do not know whether that will also work."
Ernest Asare (Accra Polytechnic)
"I guess the issue of the unfairness of the judiciary is coming up now because there has been a change in government. Every government would want a judiciary it can manipulate and i believe the previous administrations also wanted it that way. However, if this government is losing its cases before these judges because they are upholding the rule of law,then fair enough. But if they are putting up this behaviour because of their assumed allegiance to the previous regime,then they better think again because that would not be accepted."
Timothy Eshun (Accra Polytechnic)