Tsatsu Tsikata “lock horns” with Supreme Court judges over Assin North MP’s case

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There was drama at the Apex Court of the country on Tuesday emanating from a disagreement between the venerable legal practitioner, Tsatsu Tsikata and the justices hearing the case of Mr. James Gyekye Quayson, the embattled MP for Assin North.

A decision made by the court which seem not to have gone down well with the counsel for the embattled MP was the cause of the controversy.

The exchanges was occasioned when the President of the Court, His lordship Jones Dotse, announced that the panel had decided to hear a preliminary objection to an injunction before it at the same time as it heard the interlocutory injunction itself.

Meanwhile Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata was already on his feet to move his preliminary objection.

He therefore insisted that it will be prejudicial for the court to the substantive injunction application without the benefit of hearing his preliminary objection.

The court therefore made it clear that it has the duty to manage the case to a smooth and fruitful determination. Lawyer Tsikata however insisted on “counsel’s right to be heard on record.”

The court then told the lawyer to stop wasting its time and to assist the Court to make progress on the case before it.

Joining the exchanges, Her Ladyship Agnes Dordzie explained that the Court was constrained for time as there were many other cases waiting to be heard.

“People have travelled here for their cases, and you cannot have the whole day. It is our duty to manage the case, and we have decided to hear it this way, and so shall it be,” Justice Dordzie added.

“Enough of all this,” she concluded.

But counsel for the MP who found the remarks of Her Ladyship Dordzie unconvincing could not let it slide.

“Enough of the law? Enough of authorities? Enough of what binds us? Your lordships can proceed whichever way, but it is also the right of counsel to be on record on why the way you’re proceeding is prejudicial”, he argued.

The Court, in the end, ruled, that the preliminary objection filed by Counsel should be argued after the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction has been moved.

SourceABC News

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