Wednesday, 17 April

SC dismisses Child Rights Int'l's case against gov’t

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The seven-member panel, led by Chief Justice Gertrude Araba Esaaba Sackey Torkornoo, stated in a ruling that the case was dismissed mainly because the lawyers for the plaintiff did not invoke the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has dismissed a case brought against the state by Child Rights International, which sought, among other things, for government to clear children from the streets and provide them with education as guaranteed by the 1992 Constitution.

The seven-member panel, led by Chief Justice Gertrude Araba Esaaba Sackey Torkornoo, stated in a ruling that the case was dismissed mainly because the lawyers for the plaintiff did not invoke the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. Therefore, their appearance was deficient, even though they had a genuine case.

The Director of Child Rights International, Bright Appiah, expressed disappointment but noted that they would study the final ruling and strategise to fight the case again.

Mr Appiah emphasised that despite the expense of seeking justice, he was not discouraged by the ruling.

“The lawyers will study the case, and if there is a need to come back, we will do so,” he stated.

“You heard from the Bench that it is a genuine case, just that we couldn’t come properly before them, and so we will study the case and come back. When the lawyers are done studying it, we will see the way forward,” the Director of Child Rights International added.

Source: classfmonline.com/Elikem Adiku