Judicial decisions should be subjected to Academic Scrutiny- Chief Justice

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Her Ladyship, Justice Sophia Akufo has called for decisions of the judiciary to be subjected to academic scrutiny to ensure soundness and efficiency. She stated that “the interface between scholarly analysis of the law and its institutional application cannot be overemphasized.”

The Chief Justice expressed these views when she chaired the launch of the Legon annual law lectures in Accra.

The lady Chief Justice also encouraged eminent jurists, academics, statesmen and women to document their knowledge in aspects of the law for posterity and see the occasion as an opportunity to secure records of historical knowledge in the development of the various areas of the law.

In the first lecture delivered on the day, Nana Dr. K.B Asante, who is currently the Omanhene of Asante Asokore, took his audience back to the proposal stages of the constitution and the whole evolution surrounding the constitution.

Nana Dr. K.B Asante was part of the committee of experts that formulated assumptions that formed the basis of the 1992 constitution. Despite the specifications of the committee of experts, Nana Dr. K.B Asante  pointed out areas where the Consultative Assembly veered off and thereby creating the Ghanaian version of “winner takes all” to the detriment of national approach to development and nation building.


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