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Bishop Urges Judges: Prioritize Public Interest in Justice

by Victor Adetimilehin

In a powerful sermon to mark the commencement of the 66th legal year, the Anglican Bishop of Cape Coast, Rt Rev. Dr. Victor Reginald Atta-Baffoe, delivered a compelling message to judges across the nation. His call to prioritize the public interest in the delivery of justice resounded with the ideals of fairness and hope for ordinary Ghanaians.

Rt Rev. Dr. Atta-Baffoe’s address, which took place at the Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Accra, emphasized the paramount importance of seeking justice at all costs, especially for those less fortunate in society. He drew poignant parallels between the compassionate actions of Jesus Christ, who supported the underprivileged, and the sacred responsibility of judges to unwaveringly uphold justice.

The theme of this momentous event was “Building the Pillars of Justice,” and it was meticulously organized by the Judicial Service. The event officially signifies the beginning of the 2023/2024 legal year, a year that holds the promise of even more just and equitable outcomes for all. This legal year spans from October to July and commences immediately following the legal vacation, ensuring that the wheels of justice continue to turn even during recess periods, so that justice is never denied or delayed.

Notable figures in Ghana’s esteemed justice system graced the occasion with their presence. Among them were Chief Justice Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Godfred Yeboah Dame, and President of the Ghana Bar Association Yaw Acheampong Boafo. Their participation underscores the significance of Rt Rev. Dr. Atta-Baffoe’s impassioned plea for justice and its timely alignment with the goals of the judiciary.

During his sermon, Rt Rev. Dr. Atta-Baffoe emphasized the paramount importance of upholding human dignity and promoting the common good. He underscored the need for active participation in decisions affecting individuals and communities, emphasizing that everyone has a role to play in supporting the less fortunate. His words resonated with all in attendance, echoing the shared commitment to a more equitable and compassionate society.

In her inaugural message heralding her first legal year as Chief Justice, Justice Gertrude Torkornoo outlined four cardinal pillars that would serve as the foundation of the Judicial Service’s focus during her tenure—law, ethics, assets, and due process. Her vision is one of a more efficient and effective judiciary, serving as the bedrock of justice delivery in Ghana. Chief Justice Torkornoo’s call to action resonated with those present, and she urged all stakeholders to unite in strengthening the connections between law, ethics, assets, and due process. 

As the new legal year commences, Bishop Atta-Baffoe’s impassioned plea and Chief Justice Torkornoo’s visionary leadership offer a ray of hope for a justice system that continues to evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of Ghanaian society. With a renewed commitment to prioritizing public interest and upholding justice, Ghana’s future shines brighter than ever.

Source: [Daily Graphic]

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