The Appointments Committee of Ghana’s Parliament has vetted Justice Avril Lovelace Johnson who is one of the three female Appeals Court justices who have been promoted to the Supreme Court jurisdiction by H.E President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Justice Avril Lovelace-Johnson along with Justice Mariama Owusu and Justice Gertrude Tokornoo will be required to replace Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo, Justice Sophia Adinyira and Justice Vida Akoto Bamfo who are due for their retirement by the close of the year.
Facing the vetting committee, some controversial topics were thrown at Justice Avril Lovelace-Johnson for her personal point of view.
One of the questions had to do with whether she supports the perception that judges were corrupt. Reacting to this peculiar question, she bemoaned why the entire groups of police, politicians and other notable professions are always tagged corrupt without any detailed evidences to support such proclamations. She advised all and sundry to desist from accusing others without any documented evidences.
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Also, she was asked of her opinion concerning the wholesale promotion of lawyers into the Bar or otherwise. Reacting to this particular question, she made it clear that she does not have a problem if all law students who duly pass their exams are given their professional licenses.
What do you make of her points of view?
BY: C. A. Asante
Ghana – W/A.