Nine Career Magistrates Sworn-In as Professional Magistrates

As a boost to the cause of quality justice delivery, a change of policy has seen nine (9) Career Magistrates elevated and sworn-in as Professional Magistrates, after obtaining the professional law degree.

The newly sworn-in Professional Magistrates are Her Worship  Aliata Saeed, His Worship Osman Abdul-Hakeem, Her Worship Juliet Osei Duedu, His Worship Divine Kwaku Ahiadu and His Worship Eric Daning. The rest are Her Worship Linda Amissah, Her Worship Priscilla Yeboah, His Worship Kweku Baah Frempong and His Worship Kofi Owusu Sekyere.

They took the Oath of Allegiance, Judicial Oath and Oath of Secrecy, which were administered by the Chief Justice.

Speaking at the brief ceremony, the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia A.B. Akuffo advised them to strictly adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judges and Magistrates and not to please anyone. “It is not our job to please, but if done right, our decisions must bring satisfaction. This requires extreme dedication, integrity and unyielding adherence to the Code of Conduct for Judges and Magistrates”, she said.

Justice Sophia Akuffo also told the newly sworn-in Professional Magistrates to develop an efficient case management system to facilitate the speedy adjudication of cases whiles championing the course of Alternative Dispute Resolution. “A good quality Judge conducts proper Case Management of cases, including championing the course of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to ensure that only the most intractable cases reach the point of trial and judgment, to assure speedy recovery”, she said.

Her Ladyship sounded a note of caution; “any Judge or Magistrate caught in any act of misconduct or unprofessional conduct would not be spared, but dealt with swiftly and in accordance with the law”.

The Solicitor-General, Mrs. Helen Ziwu, who represented the Minister for Justice and Attorney-General reminded the Magistrates of their obligation to be fair and neutral in the administration of justice, adding, that “whatever you do will either increase or decrease public confidence in the Judiciary”.

For his part, the President of the Association of Magistrates and Judges (AMJG), His Lordship Justice Victor Ofoe, congratulated the newly sworn-in Professional Magistrates and called on them to give off their best to improve justice delivery in the country.

The Vice President of the Ghana Bar Association, Mr. Tony Forson entreated them to constantly update their knowledge about the law, while affirming the Bar’s unflinching support for the Bench.

On behalf of her colleagues, Her Worship Aliata Saeed promised that they would work hard to improve the image of the Judiciary and make the Chief Justice proud.

The nine,are the first batch of Magistrates to be converted from Career to Professional Magistracy.

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