The Supreme Court has prohibited Justice Amos Wuntah Wuni, a Justice of the High Court, from presiding over the contempt trial of the New Patriotic Party MP for Assin Central, Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong.
A five-member panel of the apex court has, however, ordered the Registrar of the High Court to place the trial before another High Court, presided over by another judge
The court Wednesday upheld in part an application for prohibition and certiorari filed by lawyers for the MP.
The apex court upheld the order by Justice Wuni for Mr Agyapong to appear before the High Court to answer for contempt , but prohibited him from presiding over the case and also quashed all the proceedings that had been held before Justice Wuni.
“The matter should be sent back to the Registrar of the High Court for the Registrar to place it before the High Court differently constituted”, the court held
According to the court, it will give its full reason for the decision on October 20, this year
The five-member panel of the court was presided over by Justice Paul Baffoe-Bonnie , with Justices Yaw Appau, Gabriel Pwamang, Issifu Omoro Tanko Amdau and Yonny Kulendi.
Import of the decision
Per the ruling of the court, Mr Agyapong is still on trial for contempt over his alleged comments which scandalised the court and brought its name into disrepute.
However, the trial will not be before Justice Wuni, who had been presiding over the matter since it commenced.