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ALLOW FOR LIVE TELECASTS OF PROCEEDINGS ON ANTI-LGBT+ BILL– Godfred Dame Urges CJ

The government through the office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice has called for all lawsuits around the anti-LGBT+ Bill to be telecast live.

According to a letter dated May 7, 2024; A-G Godfred Dame cited public interest as the main reason for his recommendation to Chief Justice Gertrude Torkornoo.

“Respectfully, in view of the public interest in the cases concerning the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill 2024 (the ‘Bill’) I would like to recommend that the media (including radio and television) be given full access to the relevant courts to undertake a coverage of all proceedings in those cases concerning the Bill,” the statement read in part.

It listed the four cases in question, two at the Supreme Court and the others in the High Court.

The A-G stressed that it was his view that the transparency associated with the live coverage of proceedings “would be in the best interest of the administration of justice.”

The Judicial Service has yet to respond to the recommendation at the time of filing this report.

The Bill has garnered significant interest since it was passed by Parliament earlier this year. President Akufo-Addo has withheld assent citing the two cases in the Supreme Court.

See the A-G’s letter to the CJ below:

 

 

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