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Chief Justice in 'trouble': Driver asks Akufo-Addo to sack her over Anas expose

By Jeffrey Owusu-Mensah
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A driver has petitioned President Nana Akufo-Addo for the removal of Chief Justice (CJ), Georgina Theodora Wood for her handling of the expose by investigative Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Pi investigative team.

34 magistrates and judges were in 2015 indicted after Anas petitioned the CJ following revelations from his investigations that they had taken bribes in the course of their duties.

Though some of the judges and magistrates and were exonerated, many were found guilty and were subsequently sacked wothout their end of service benefits to much public approval.

But according to the driver,  Ernest Obri Lartey, the Chief Justice violated Article 146 (8) of the 1992 constitution with her handling of the judicial bribery scandal following the expose.

In his petition, Mr. Lartey explains that before the indicted judges and magistrates could respond, the CJ published the contents of the petition in the media followed by the screening of the documentary detailing the revelation.

Mr. Lartey argued further that, the Chief Justice willfully violated the constitution because she discussed the contents of the petition from Anas with the petitioner before he submitted the petition, thus constitution ex parte communication.

This was after the Chief Justice had removed some judges from office for having been found to have communicated with one of the parties in a pending litigation, contrary to the conduct of the judges and magistrates in 2005/06 case, according to Mr. Lartey.

“Since the Chief Justice finds Ex parte communication by judges and magistrate to be so grave that they have to be removed from office, she the Chief Justice should equally be removed from office for engaging in Ex parte Communication with the petitioner and eventually heard the same petition and made prima facie determinations. What is good for the goose is also good for the gander.”