The Judicial Service of Ghana has written about and cautioned against the lack of descrection and responsibility on the part of some media houses in Ghana who publish series of incendiary, hateful and offensive statements against the justices to desist from such activities.
This came to light after the commencement of the Election 2020 Petition Hearing involving the Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, the Electoral Commission and the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The Judicial Service stated that such publications directly insinuate the decisions of the Judges preceding over the case are motivated by factors outside legal principles and proper judicial consideration but the statements are devoid of any legal justification or reasoning.
Clearly, the letter is of a view that, such publications on a number of platforms are dangerous to the Ghanaian society and our democracy. In actual fact, it has potential to sow in the minds of the unsuspecting members of the general public that the justice system is a sham, and should not be trusted.
This provides the foundation for lawlessness, as it suggests to Ghanaians that they should no longer have confidence in the judiciary system; meanwhile such statements are unrelated to the rules and principles in accordance with which justice is delivered.