The perception of a biased judiciary poses a significant threat to national security — Kan Dapaah

Albert Kan Dapaah, the Minister of National Security, has cautioned that the notion that the judiciary is prejudiced has grave implications for the country’s security.


If the bench is considered to be biased, citizens may be obliged to take the law into their own hands for personal gratification, he claims.


After losing a series of court lawsuits in recent months, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused the judiciary of being biased against it.


Mr Kan Dapaah, speaking at a sensitization training for judges of the superior courts on the national security policy, advised against such characterisations, saying they could jeopardize the security structure and established legal institutions.


“Injustice caused by a lack of a competent justice delivery system, as well as delayed or biased justice, is unquestionably a threat to national security.” Indeed, when injustice exists, particularly when the court, which is regarded the last arbitrator of conflicts, is perceived to be prejudiced, citizens are more likely to take the law into their own hands, bypassing the established mechanisms of justice delivery,” he said.


He went on to say that the judiciary’s responsibility in assisting to defend the nation’s security is critical, and that there is a need for proper interactions that can sensitize judges to be prepared to cope with evolving risks that come their way.


Despite the fact that justice is sometimes disregarded, Mr Dapaah believes that peace, stability, and security cannot be accomplished without it.


“Justice is the bedrock upon which the rule of law, equality before the law, and legal fairness are built. Failure of the criminal justice system to provide effective and quick trial of offenders has a negative influence on law enforcement morale, encourages criminals to commit additional crimes, and creates lawlessness among the populace, all of which endanger the state’s internal security.”


“In order to protect our collective security as a State, we must work tirelessly to abolish all forms of injustice.”


“The ultimate responsibility for ensuring effective justice delivery lies directly at the feet of members of Ghana’s judicial system,” he remarked.


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