Mr Frank Davies one of the lawyers of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said, “you cannot blame the failure of a bad farm on your tools of implementation”. Adding that, Your farm is your farm and it depends on how you cultivate it so we should not ponder over this repeated rhetoric of sacrificing justice for expedition.”
Mr. Davies, Vehemently rejected the claims made by lead counsel for the petitioners in the Election Petition, Tsatsu Tsikata that justice should not be sacrificed for expedition.
Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata had told the Supreme Court on Monday that as much as the court may want to go by the timelines specified in C. I 99 for the adjudication of election petitions, it should not be done in at back side 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.
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.
The bench was also of the view that lawyers should have known that they will be required to file witness statements and that those should have been prepared ahead of time.
But, dissatisfied lead lawyer for the petitioner told the court, adherence to those timelines should not injure justice.
“Justice cannot be sacrificed for expedition”, he said.
However, engaging the media after proceedings, Mr Frank Davies said, “What is meant by sacrificing justice on the altar of expedition?”
“Justice delayed is justice denied. So, what is it? They are just not ready. They were advocating for a live broadcast of proceedings and now everybody is seeing what is happening in court. Everyday lead counsel for the petitioners is making one complaint or the other.”
“You cannot blame the failure of a bad farm on your tools of implementation. Your farm is your farm and it depends on how you cultivate it so we should not ponder over this repeated rhetoric of sacrificing justice for expedition.”
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