Mr Speaker, I beg to move, that this Honourable House adopts the Report of the Appointments Committee on H. E. the President's nominations for appointment as Justices of the Supreme Court.
Mr Speaker, in so doing, I present your Committee's Report.
H. E. the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in accordance with article 144 (2) of the 1992 Constitution, commu- nicated to Parliament the nomination of four (4) Justices to the Supreme Court for appointment on Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018.
The Speaker of Parliament, Hon Aaron Michael Oquaye, referred the nomina- tions to the Appointments Committee for consideration and report pursuant to Order 172 of the Standing Orders of the House.
The nominees are:
i. Prof. Emmanuel Nii Ashie Kotey - - Justice Designate to the Supreme Court.
ii. Justice Samuel Kofi Marful-Sau (Court of Appeal Judge) -- Justice
designate to the Supreme Court.
iii. Justice Agnes Mercy Abla Dordzie (Court of Appeal Judge) -- Justice Designate to the Supreme Court.
iv.Nene Abayaateye Ofoe Ame- gatcher -- Justice designate to the Supreme Court.
The Committee referred to the under- listed documents during its deliberations:
i.The 1992 Constitution.
ii.The Standing Orders of Parliament.
iii. President's Appointment Letter; and
iv.The Curriculum Vitae of the Nominees.
Consideration of the Referral
Pursuant to Order 172(3) of the Standing Orders of the House, the Committee in the first instance caused to be published in the newspapers of national circulation, the names of the nominees and notice of the Committee's Public Hearings for the attention of the general public. The Committee further requested memoranda from the general public on any of the nominees.
The Committee subsequently obtained Confidential Reports on the nominees from the Ghana Police Service and the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) as part of its background checks. Tax Status Reports were also obtained from the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
Public Hearings were thereafter held to consider the nominations. On commernce- ment of proceedings, the nominees subscribed to the Oath of Witness and subsequently answered questions relating to their Curriculum Vitae, matters relating to judicial administration and
justice delivery, their eligibility, issues pertaining to the offices to which they have been nominated and other issues of national concern.
The Committee duly considered the nominations and reports as follows:
Prof. Emmanuel Nil Ashie Kotey -- Justice-Designate to the Supreme Court
Professor Emmanuel Nii Ashie Kotey was born in Osu-Accra on 2nd October, 1953. He started school at the New Ghana International School, Osu, from 1959 to 1962 and moved to Presbyterian Primary School, Ada Foah, until 1964. From 1964- 1965, he attended the Presbyterian Boys' Boarding Middle School, Osu and proceeded to Presbyterian Boys' Day Middle School, Osu, until 1966.
He attended the St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School for his GCE “0” Level from 1966 to 1971. From 1971 to 1973 he attended Apam Secondary School where he obtained his G.C.E ‘A' Level Certificate in 1973.
From October 1973 to June 1976, he enrolled at the University of Ghana and was awarded a Bachelor of Law in 1976 in the same University. In 1977, he was awarded an LL.M from the University of London, and in 1981 he obtained his PhD from the same University. He attended the Ghana School of Law, Accra, from 1981 to 1982 and was called to the Ghana Bar in
Prof Nii Ashie Kotey has been a Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana since 1981 to date. In addition, he worked as a Solicitor and Advocate at Azinyo Chambers in 1982 and was a Legal Consultant at Kotey and Associates, Accra, from 1999 to 2007. He was the Chief
Executive of the Ghana Forestry Commission from 2007 to 2009.
From 2003 to 2007, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana and from 2005 to 2007. He also acted as Director at the Ghana School of Law.
He was a visiting scholar at the North Western University School of Law, Chicago, USA, from May to June 2001; a visiting professor in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa, the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, from March to April 2001; a visiting scholar at the Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK in March 2000, and also at the Faculty of Law, University of Leiden, the Netherlands, from August to September
He was also at the College of Law, Stetson University, St Petersburg, Florida, USA in 1997 as a visiting professor in addition to many other academic engagements.
Prof. Nii Ashie Kotey has undertaken a number of research works, projects, technical reports and other studies. He has also reviewed a number of publications dating from 1992 to 2015.
Response to Questions
(1) Petition against the Nominee
The nominee was asked to comment on the petition by Mr George Larbi Koranteng, the CEO of Glikwood Ghana Limited and Glikwood Corporation, USA, to the Committee against the approval of Prof. Nii Ashie Kotey to the Supreme Court.