President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sworn in 21 new high court judges into office.
At a brief ceremony at the Jubilee House, the president charged them to be transparent and efficient in delivering justice to build confidence within the society.
He reiterated that a corrupt and incompetent judge is dangerous to the public interest and judicial administration.
“Be honest, show integrity, and above all, be knowledgeable of the law. It is important also to know your case and ensure that your judgments are based on law,” the president added.
The new justices are Kwame Polley, William Appiah Twumasi, Baah Forson Agyapong, Marian Affoh, Nana Brew, Abena Anponsah Buansi and Ellen Lordina Serwaa Mirehu.
The others are Priscilla Dapaah Mireku, Alexander Oworae, Joyce Boahen, Edward Twum, Gwendolyn Millicent Owusu, Rosemary Baah Tosu and Frederick Kwabena Twumasi.
The rest are Adelaide Abui Keddey, Harry Acheampong-Opoku, Kenneth Edem Kudjordjie, John-Mark Nuku Alifo, Kwesi Adjenim-Boateng, George Aikins Ampiah-Bonney and Marie-Louise Simmons.
According to the president, the 21 justices have impartiality of mind and independence of spirit and are thus fit for the position.
The president reminded them that the situation where judges proffer judgment based on decisions from lower courts and cite them as the law is unacceptable, even less so when judges cite no authority at all for their rulings and give orders without reason.
President Akufo-Addo then led the new justices to take three oaths, after which they signed the oath book.