Apau, Pwamang confirmation Judicial Council set July 23 for Bar Association case against AG

The GBA and three others filed a suit at the Supreme Court praying it to nullify the appointment of Justice Yaw Apau and Gabriel Pwamang as Supreme Court Justices.

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Justice Apau and Justice Pwamang

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The Supreme Court has set July 23, 2015 to hear the suit filed by the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) against Attorney General (AG) and the Judicial Council regarding the proper procedure for appointing justices to the Supreme Court bench.

The GBA and two other lawyers of the association, Justine Amenuvor and Frank Beechem, on June 30, 2015 filed a writ at the Supreme Court seeking to nullify the nomination and subsequent confirmation of Justices Yaw Apau and Gabriel Pwamang as justices of the highest court.

The two Supreme Court justices were sworn-in by the President Mahama on Monday June 29, after the Appointments Committee of parliament approved their nomination.

But according to the plaintiffs in a suit, the President breached some vital procedures in the appointment and confirmation process.

Communications Minister, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, however described the suit as “preposterous and absurd”.

According to him, “The president has not breached any aspect of the Constitution of Ghana,” adding that the president followed “every bit” of the constitution in making the appointment.

Meanwhile, reports suggest that the AG has not yet responded to the suit even though the mandatory 14 days to respond has elapsed.

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