In this viral video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCg2fwA70tw, renowned Justice and Academic, Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata, had asserted to the panel of the Highest Court in Ghana that, "Justice cannot be rushed."
Counsel for the petitioner in the ongoing 2020 Presidential Election Petition, Tsatsu Tsikata, had therefore told the Supreme Court that much as the court may want to stick to the timelines specified in C.I 99 for the adjudication of election petitions, it should not be done in disregard of justice.
Tsikata was reacting to orders by the court for parties file their witness statements by 12 noon Thursday, January 21, a timeline the lawyer deemed too short, as according to him, the Supreme Court’s insistence of such a short timeline is not justified in law, but the bench explained the modification of the law which culminated in C.I 99 requires the court to operate within strict timelines, a requirement the court cannot compromise.
Dissatisfied Tsatsu Tsikata told the court, adherence to those timelines should not injure justice and his statement that, “Justice cannot be sacrificed for expedition”, generated a national discourse, as supporters of the NDC took to this position and supporters of the NPP, asserted that, expedience in itself, justice.
Well fast forward, comments from the Chairman of the Ejura Committee of Enquiry, asserts that, the claims by Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata, was true, interestingly.
As part of the on-going sittings of the Ejura Committee of Enquiry, the Chairman, whiles addressing one of the brothers of the slain protestor at Ejura, had made a passionate remark to the citizens of Ghanaians to be patient as according to him, "Justice cannot be rushed"
"This message is from me to you and the whole of Ghanaians. Justice cannot be rushed. If we really want justice, we just exercise patience, so justice can be served right. If we rush through n our attempts to obtain justice in anything, we may end up with injustice rather and that will be very unfortunate," he said.
"So lets all be patient and not be in a rush. Let us allow the seeming slow grind of justice, to come to a halt naturally," he added.
This coming from the Chairman, who is also a Justice of the Court of Appeal, Justice George Kingsley Koomson is indeed a profound thought and I thought, sharing it, goes a long way to advance the rule of law discourse in the country, despite the seeming different circumstances in both situations.
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