The Judiciary must be accorded respect, resources and strengthened to enable it perform its functions, former Chief Justice Mrs Georgina Wood, has stated.
Justice Mrs Wood, who is the 2017/2018 Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) Visiting Fellow of Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, made the call at a Public Lecture titled "Rule of Law, the Promotion of Sustainable Development and Ghana's Experience: A View from the Bench” at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, London.
A statement issued by AIG and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the Lecture was an integral part of her AIG Fellowship stay at the School.
It said in October 2017, AIG announced the appointment of Justice Mrs Wood as the 2017/2018 AIG Fellow in recognition of her outstanding contribution to public service in Ghana.
It said the AIG Fellowship was awarded each year to an individual from West Africa who had demonstrated evidence of outstanding contribution to the public good, through exemplary leadership in public service.
“One key lesson I have learnt is that the imperatives of promoting a Rule of Law based governance system, anchored on a free, fair and impartial administration of justice cannot be overemphasised,” said Justice Mrs. Wood during her Lecture.
“The moderating influence of the Judiciary on the more political branches is the basis of constitutional stability and balance, providing the needed conducive environment for sound economic growth and a better life for all,” she said.
“The Judiciary must be accorded the same respect and resources and strengthened to enable it perform its functions.”
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