The Chief Justice nominee, Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, has denied allegations that the Supreme Court is biased while rendering decisions in political disputes.
Justice Torkornoo stated that a unanimous ruling by the supreme court shows that the decision was made in accordance with the law and was not influenced by bias at her confirmation hearing before the Parliament’s Appointments Committee on Friday, May 26.
“Whenever you encounter a unanimous decision, it tells you that the law is totally on the side of the position taken by the court, that every member of the court in fidelity to their judicial oath cannot take a different position, it tells you that, that is what the law is.
“So the only response is to learn from what the law says, it is not a matter of bias, it is a matter of the legal position.”
Following a string of losses during the Election petition hearing, some National Democratic Congress members have publicly accused the Supreme Court of being biased. In issues between the two parties, they claim that the bench frequently sides with the NPP.
But the Chief Justice nominee went on to say that some persons lose cases on technicalities and look for reasons why they didn’t win. Before making decisions, people must have a thorough understanding of legal principles, she continued.
Justice Torkornoo also backed the Supreme Court’s decision to summon anyone for contempt if they make offensive remarks or damage the court’s reputation.
Source: Richard Obeng Bediako ll Metrotvonline.com ll Ghana