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The Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Georgina Wood on Thursday called on judges to demonstrate a high sense of integrity and moral character in their professional and personal life.
They should show a firm commitment to the principle of equal justice under the law.
She said judges must bear in mind that their office are not about the tittles, prestige or the pomp that accompany it, but should be staunch defenders of the rule of law and protectors of the rights and freedoms of the citizenry.
Mrs Justice Wood made the call at the swearing-in of four new Circuit Court Judges and five Magistrates in Accra.
They swore the Oath of Allegiance, Secrecy and the Judicial Oath.
The Circuit Court Judges are; Mr Yaw Owoahene Acheampong, Mr Ebenezer Osei Darko, Mr Gabriel Mate Teye and Ms Lydia Osei Marfo.
The Magistrates comprised; Mr Franklin Titus-Glover, Ms Mavis Ekua Enyamah Kwainoe, Nana Brew, Mr Kwabena Ofedie and Mr Williams Baffoe.
Mrs Justice Wood said a judge’s work and lifestyle on the bench and out of the courtroom is constantly under public scrutiny.
She said Ghanaians would expect judges to administer justice to all manner of persons without fear or favour, and in all ethical issues.
“Your use of judicial authority should be such as would advance, not retard the progress of our great nation,” she added.
She urged the new judges and magistrates to follow the good examples of their senior colleagues and pay heed to their wise counsel as related to the business of judging in professional manner.