Bishop Atta-Baffoe made the call when delivering the sermon at a church service at the Cathedral Church
of the Most Holy Trinity in Accra, to mark the opening of the 66th Legal Year under the theme “Building the
Pillars of Justice”.
“Be fair in the process of justice delivery as our human dignity makes us equal in rights. Be transparent
and open in your actions in delivering justice. Be impartial and neutral in the decision making process”, he said.
Citing Isaiah 1: 17 as his foundational scripture, Bishop Atta-Baffoe mentioned that although the Prophet Isaiah
lived in a period of great economic success and political stability, injustice, inequity and inequality were rampant.
Hence, Isaiah taught that God requires righteousness and justice from all people at all times and in all spheres
of life. He noted that the world today in many ways mirrored the challenges that confronted the Prophet Isaiah.
Cross section of Judges and Magistrates at the Church Service
He therefore cautioned the Judiciary to build the pillars of justice by administering justice with integrity to give
people hope as any ritual without justice becomes a form of idolatry. He noted that the call to do and seek
justice was a call from God that when obeyed, would attract God’s blessings.
CJ with Judges and Magistrates processing to the Church Service
The Chief Justice, Justice Gertrude Sackey Torkornoo in her message to usher in the 2023/2024 Legal Year,
indicated, that the four areas she would be focusing on, in building the pillars of justice are; “Law, Ethics,
Assets and Due Process’ – giving the acronym ‘LEAD’.
She called on all stakeholders in the justice delivery system to support her to deepen the nexus between Law,
Ethics, Assets and Due process. It is the hope of the Chief Justice, that by doing so, the wheels of justice
would grind efficiently, effectively and with increasing finality.
(L-R) Chief Justice Gertrude Sackey Torkornoo, Attorney-General Mr. Godfred Dameand the National President of the GBA,
Mr. Yaw Acheampong Boafo reading the first, second and third Bible scriptures
The Chief Justice, the Attorney-General & Minster for Justice, and the National President of the Ghana Bar
Association read the first, second and third Bible scriptures respectively.
The Clergy offered prayers for the nation and the three arms of government (i.e. The Executive, The Legislature
and The Judiciary), as well as the Chief Justice, Members of the Judicial Council, the Ghana Bar Association,
Management, Court Registrars and all staff of the Judicial Service.