Former President of the Ghana Bar Association, Sam Okudzeto, has lashed out the former President for his recent comments criticisms of the Judiciary and the Chief Justice.
He has therefore questioned John Mahama’s understanding of Ghana’s judicial system.
His comment which is in response of the former President’s attack on the Judiciary and the Chief Justice, insinuating the need for a new Chief Justice to restore the dwindling public confidence in the judiciary.
In an interview on Upfront, a programme on Accra-based Joy News, Sam Okudzeto jumped to the defense of the judiciary stating that it should not be denigrated.
“I don’t think he understands the judicial system. The Chief Justice does not tell the judges the kind of judgment he should write. If you have evidence of corruption, you are supposed to send it to the Chief Justice and he is mandated under the Constitution to have an inquiry made.,” he said.
According to him, a denigration of the highly respected arm of government will lead to a breakdown of law and order.
“He cannot brush it aside and forget about it. Against the Chief Justice, you send it to the president. A person of that high level should understand what the Constitutional process is and not just make a sweeping statement which will undermine confidence in the whole institution. Lack of confidence in the whole institution will mean people should take the law into their own hands,” he said.
He indicated that the constitution has made provisions for addressing myriad of grievances brought against the judiciary.
Sam Okudzeto said the Chief Justice for instance has no hand in written judgments of judges adding that corruption tags against judges also had remedies in addressing it.