Judicial scandal Justice Dery files writ to disqualify a judge from hearing his case

According to Justice Dery, Justice Torkornoo "exhibited bias or a real likelihood of bias when she dismissed" his contempt case against Anas and four others on September 29 without giving him a hearing.

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Embattled High Court judge, Justice Paul Uutter Dery, has once again filed a writ to stop a Court of Appeal judge, Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, from hearing his case involving ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas and four others on claims of bias.

According to Justice Dery, Justice Torkornoo "exhibited bias or a real likelihood of bias when she dismissed" his contempt case against Anas and four others on September 29 without giving him a hearing.

Justice Dery said Justice Torkornoo "breached the audi alteram partem [listen to the other side] principle of natural justice when she dismissed the contempt action suo moto [on her own]

Meanwhile, he has petitioned the Chief Justice on the matter, and filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal against the dismisal of the contempt case grounding it on claims that the  judge erred when she heard the matter on the September, 29 instead of the scheduled date October 12 without notifying him.

Justice Paul Derry has already prayed the court to declare null and void a petition before the president to have him investigated on allegations of corruption.

Justice Dery, who has multiple lawsuits before the High Court, is further praying for a perpetual injunction against any adjudicating body whatsoever from determining any issues arising out Anas' petition on the matter to President Mahama.

Justice Dery, who was indicted in the bribery scandal which has rocked the Judicial Service of Ghana, including 33 other judges and over 80 staff of the judiciary was allegedly caught on camera taking bribe to compromise a case before him.

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