We Should Improve Things – Bentil On Appointment of Chief Justice
The process for appointing a Chief Justice in Ghana should be improved, private legal practitioner Kofi Bentil has said.
He agreed with a suggestion by Founding President of policy think tank, Imani Africa, Franklin Cudjoe that Ghana must emulate the practice in Kenya in the appointment of a Chief Justice.
Mr Cudjoe had indicated that in Kenya, the candidates are interviewed live on television by the Judicial Service Commission for the whole world to observe.
The successful candidate is then presented to Parliament for vetting and subsequently the President appoints the person.
But in Ghana, the president nominates the person for Parliamentary vetting and subsequently, approval.
On May 24, Ghana’s Justice Anin Yeboah will be retiring upon attaining the age of 70.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is expected to nominate another person for vetting and Parliamentary approval.
Commenting on this on Facebook, Mr Franklin Cudjoe said “the Kenyan Judicial Service Commission conducts live interviews on TV in search of a new Chief Justice.
“The successful candidate is then presented to Parliament for vetting and subsequent appointment by the President.
“We should do same in Ghana.”
Reacting to this comment, Mr Bentil who is also Vice President of Imani Africa said “So it’s not a strange animal. I definitely think it’s better than our system.
We should improve things..”