CJ schools MP over the use of titles in Court

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Accra, Dec. 12, GNA – The Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo on Tuesday schooled a Member of Parliament over the use of titles such as “Honourable” on writs.

According to the Chief Justice, names were to appear first before any designation. “If we want to learn from the people who originated these titles then do not do this…they mention their names before they mention any other titles”.

The Chief Justice noted that it was unnecessary for people to write titles on writs adding that; “you do not fight your battles through titles”.

She gave the advice when two Members of Parliament (MPs) for Ashaiman and Juaboso Constituencies, Ernest Norgbey and Kwabena Mintah Akandoh respectively appeared before the Supreme Court for the hearing of their writ which sought to challenge the appointment of Ms Otiko Afisah Djaba as a Minister.

The two Legislators were seeking a declaration that Ms Djaba was unqualified to occupy the position because she failed to undertake the mandatory National Service.

Mr. Akandoh described himself to the court as “Honourable Akandoh,” based on which Justice Akuffo then schooled him over the usage of titles in legal proceedings.

She further asked Mr. Godwin Tamakloe counsel for the legislators to go and expunge the titles on the writ.

The CJ said there was the need to teach the public about the usage of titles and urged them to be careful with the usage of titles especially in legal matters.

She said people should not focus attention on themselves by using titles.

By Joyce Danso, GNA


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