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The case was ripe – Chief Justice explains expeditious hearing of Dafeamekpor’s case | 3News

The case was ripe – Chief Justice explains expeditious hearing of Dafeamekpor’s case | 3News

We knew that the applicant had been served, the speaker had been served, the Attorney General had been served, the speaker’s lawyer was in court, the Attorney General was in court, Attorney General had filed his affidavit in opposition, so nothing should stop the hearing,”  she stated.

Her comments were on the heels of the criticisms by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) against her in the scheduling of political cases in the Supreme Court.

the Parliament of Ghana and the Attorney-General.

According to a statement issued by the NDC on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, it was intriguing that “Richard Dela Sky filed his writ of summons in the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill, 2024, on the 5th of March 2024.

Rockson Dafeamekpor filed his writ of summons on 18th March, 2024 challenging the constitutionality of the latest ministerial nominations by the President.”

But the Attorney-General Godfred Dame said that he applied for a speedy hearing of the injunction application that was filed by Dafeamekpor against the consideration of the ministerial nominees of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

He explained that the Court Act and the Constitution permit a party to a case to apply for expeditious hearing of the case hence he does not understand the criticism against the Supreme Court for hearing this matter quickly.

Speaking to journalists in Accra after the Supreme Court dismissed Dafeakpeos’ application, Mr Dame said “The duty to fix the date for the hearing rests with the registry of the Supreme Court and I do not understand where this business of people actually scrutinizing when applications are fixed for hearing or why this case has not been fixed for hearing, came from.

“Back in the day, if you file an application in the Supreme Court of Ghana it takes you even three months for you to get a date for a hearing.

It is only after a party has made an application for an expeditious determination of the process that the matter will come up for hearing.  even the record show that in this particular case, I specifically applied for an expeditious determination of the matter so it is not the Supreme Court of Ghana picking and choosing which location should hear and not to hear.

“My first application for an expedited hearing  hearing of a matter in the Supreme Court  I did it way back in 2006  and I did another one in 2013 when we were in opposition.

so it is always the prerogative of the Supreme Court registry to fix applications for hearing and if the date for the hearing has not been fixed or it is too far it is incumbent on  the party to apply for the CJ in accordance with the court act and constitution for an expedited hearing.”

He further described the injunction application Dafeamekpor against the consideration of the ministerial nominees, as frivolous and an abuse of the court process after stating that it was an application was an attempt to frustrate the work of the government.

Asked why it appears he is taking a keen interest in only matters that favor the government and not filing for an expedited hearing in the application against anti-gay bill, Mr Dame said “we have filed a relevant affidavit in opposition in that matter, so I think all these comments are unwanted and indeed are baseless.

we actually filed our opposition to the affidavit in answer to the Richard Sky matter before we filed the affidavit in answer today to this one.

“It is most instructive that parliament itself was opposed to this application for interlocutory injunction by Dafeamekpor and I find it very interesting because the same Speaker of Parliament who earlier on adjourned proceedings in my view wrongly,  on account of the pendency of this application then later on somersaulted and came to the supreme court and opposed the application and that is a point of interest to me.  I think it shows clearly that the application clearly was frivolous and it ought not to be any manipulation of what went on in court, even parliament itself was opposed to the application.”

He added “It is most unfortunate that persons who file processes before the court and then fail to take an interest in it.

That is why it is necessary that as lawyers for the Republic, we take a keen interest in what happens and we make sure that such things are dealt with so that the state business can proceed.”

On Wednesday, March 27 the Supreme Court dismissed an injunction application filed by Dafeamekpor against Parliament’s approval of ministerial nominees by President Akufo-Addo.

By a unanimous decision, the apex Court said the injunction application is frivolous and an abuse of the court process.Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor had filed an injunction restraining Parliament from vetting and approving new ministers as well as reshuffled ministers given various portfolios.

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