Private legal practitioner and Member of Parliament for Madina lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu had taken the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) to the cleaners for describing his description of some judges as political judges.
The lawyer in mixing no words described the GBA as an association that has lost its focus and voice on national issues including legal education, human rights abuses among others.
The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) took a swipe at lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu over the latter’s description of some judges as political judges.
The GBA says it was disappointed in the comments.
The lawyer made the comments during an interview he granted the media, during the ‘Yentua’ demonstration.
A statement issued by the GBA said: “The GBA finds the assertion by Francis Xavier Sosu Esq. very unprofessional, unfortunate, irresponsible and distasteful and same smacks of deep-seated ignorance, as the tenure of judges per the Constitution, 1992, and other relevant laws, is never in any way whatsoever tied to the tenure of the political regime under which judges are appointed.
“Judges, unlike political office holders, are not elected into office, hence it is reckless for anybody to give the slightest suggestion that the tenure of judges are linked to the tenure of the political regimes under which judges are appointed.
The Legal Profession (Professional Conmduct and Etiquette) Rules, 2020 (L.I. 2423) forbids a lawyer from making a statement about judicial and legal officials which the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard for its truth or falsity concerning the qualification and integrity of judicial and legal officials.”
But reacting, lawyer Sosu said he made a conditional statement and would stand by what he said.
According to him, no form of twist and turns will make him withdraw his comments.
“Instead of joining the clarion call to stop our judges from becoming political judges in order to guarantee our democracy, the leadership of the GBA is needlessly attacking the voice of conscience that speaks truth though it hurts badly”.
Read his full statement below