The 7-member panel of judges hearing the ongoing petition has cautioned a member of president Akufo-Addo’s legal team, Frank Davies, to refrain from granting interviews at the end of court proceedings.
According to the Judges, the act violates the rules of the court set out in Rule 38 of LI 2423.
In Rule 38 of LI 2423 states that “A lawyer who is participating or has participated in the investigation or litigation of a matter that is still pending before a court shall not make an out of court statement or grant an interview to the media on the matter.”
Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, who raised the concern at the beginning of Monday’s sitting, advised Mr Davies to be mindful of the ethical breaches and delegate someone to the task.
“Mr Frank Davies, we respectfully want to draw your attention to the Legal Professional conduct and Ethical Rules of 2020. If you look at rule 38, the court is not comfortable with the post-trial interviews that you grant outside.
“Somebody other than you may do it, that is not our concern, but you are precluded by law because you have been announced in the case on a regular basis,” he intimated
Responding to the caution thrown at him, Frank Davies assured the court that the advice was “faithfully taken.”
Mr Anin Yeboah also prayed other lawyers who are not actively participating in the ongoing proceedings in court to put away their wigs and gowns before granting media interviews.
“If you are even a lawyer, and you are not actively participating, we make a passionate plea to you to put down your robes and grant the interviews. We don’t think that you should be in robes with the wigs on addressing the media,” Justice Anin-Yeboah noted.