Creatively Reduce Supreme Court’s Extensive Jurisdiction - Supreme Court Judge Nominee

A Supreme Court Judge Nominee, Professor Emmanuel Nii Ashie Kotei, has called for a creative reduction of the Supreme Court’s extensive jurisdiction, to curtail delays as he believes the apex Court is quite overworked.

”The Supreme Court is struggling to discharge its obligations because of its very extensive jurisdiction, so we must look at ways of creatively reducing its jurisdiction otherwise we need more Judges. I am not in favour of keeping the jurisdiction and increasing numbers. I am rather in favour of seeking ways of reducing the extensive jurisdiction of the Court. Only then can we look at the numbers,” he said.

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. 

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