I’ll accept a goat as gift from a friend – CJ nominee

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s Chief Justice nominee, Justice Anin-Yeboah, has said he will take a goat as gift if only given by a very well-known friend of his.

“I know [the] honorable member very well [pointing to one of the members of Parliament’s Vetting Committee]. If he gives me a goat, I’ll take it”, the nominee answered in response to a question asked by Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu during the vetting of Justice Anin-Yeboah by the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Monday, 23 December 2019 about whether or not gifts given to Justices of the Bench could include a goat.

“That is a gift in the cultural setting”, Justice Anin-Yeboah said.

Some Judges of the superior, as well as the inferior courts, were dismissed a few years ago after they were caught on video accepting bribes and gifts from persons whose cases were before them.

Among some of the gifts given the corrupt judges were goats, thus, the Minority Leader’s question.

According to the Code of Conduct for Judges and Magistrates, Rule 5(5): “Neither  judges  nor  members  of  their  families  residing  in  their households  shall  accept  a  substantial  GIFT,  bequest,  favour,  or loan from anyone except as follows: (a) judges may accept gifts incident to a public testimonial to them; books supplied  by  publishers  on  a  complimentary  basis  for official use; or invitations to judges and their spouses to attend bar-related functions or activities devoted to the improvement of the law, the legal system, or the administration of justice”.

Also, Rule 5(5)(b), stipulates that: “Judges or members of their families residing in their households may accept any other gifts, bequests, favour, or loan only if the donor is not a party or other person whose interests have come or are likely to come before the judge”.

Additionally, Rule 5(5)(c), said: “Judges or members of their families residing in their households may accept any other gifts, bequests, favour, or loan only if the donor is not a party or other person whose interests have come or are likely to come before the judge” while Rule 5(5)(d) says: “A  gift,  award  or  benefit  incident  to  the  business, profession  or other  separate  activity  of  a  spouse  or  other  family  member residing  in  the  judge’s  household,  including  gifts,  awards  and benefits for the use of both the spouse or other family member and the  judge  (as  spouse  or family member),  provided  the  gift, award or benefit could not reasonably be perceived as intended to influence the judge in the performance of judicial duties”.

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