He was responding to a question on capping the number of Supreme Court Judges and improving the work of the Court. This was when he appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament, following his nomination by President Akufo-Addo.
Professor Kotei who was disquiet about the Supreme Court’s extensive jurisdiction called for it’s amendment.
He further made a number of recommendations on ways of making the Judiciary more efficient and effective – streamline processes, better case management and a summary of a statement case (if possible), amongst others.
Professor Kotei also expressed dissatisfaction about the quality of lawyers. Commenting on legal education in the country, he was of the view that all institutions offering legal education should be discredited and made to go through proper scrutiny to ensure they had the necessary requirements to train lawyers. This opinion, according to him, was informed by an interview at the University of Ghana’s Faculty of Law, where lawyers being interviewed for a Masters in Law could not tell the panel the requirements of a valid contract neither did they know what a lease was.
Professor Emmanuel Nii Ashie Kotei was born on October, 2, 1953. He had his secondary education at the St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School for his O’ Levels and Apam Secondary School for his A’ Levels. He was called to the Bar in 1982 and until his appointment he was a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana.
He was nominated to the Supreme Court along with Her Ladyship Justice Agnes Dordzie and His Lordship Justice Kofi Marful-Sau, both Justices of the Court of Appeal and Nene Abayaateye Amegatcher, the past President of the Ghana Bar Association.