Wed. Jun 23rd, 2021

Speaker issues notice to the Judiciary to respect Parliamentary privileges and immunities

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The Speaker of Parliament Alban S.K Bagbin has written a caution statement to the Chief Justice and Head of the Judicial Service, to draw their attention to Parliamentary privileges and immunities enjoyed by Members of Parliament.

Acceding to the Speaker, he did not take kindly, the conduct by Judicial Officers attempting “to serve court processes on some Members of Parliament, the Clerk to Parliament and the Speaker of Parliament while these Officeholders were attending to the proceedings of Parliament at the precincts of Parliament when Parliament was in session”, as he described their actions as “unlawful, unconstitutional and amounted to an interference with the work of Parliament and is not to be countenanced”.

In a formal communication on matters arising out of the enforcement of articles 117 and 118 of the 1992 constitution on the floor of Parliament on Wednesday, 9th, 202, Speaker has disclosed that he wrote a letter dated 19th February 2021 and addressed to the Chief Justice and Head of the Judicial Service,  indicating “my strongest reservations with the attempt by officers of the Judicial Service to serve court processes on some Members of Parliament, the Clerk to Parliament and the Speaker of Parliament while these Officeholders were attending to the proceedings of Parliament at the precincts of Parliament when Parliament was in session”.

His address to the CJ was as a result of “flood of requests for the service of processes on Hon. Members of Parliament and in some cases process servers attempted to serve Hon. Members in the precincts of Parliament during the 1st Meeting which processes had to be returned to the Registrars”.

To ensure that this situation is contained, he has formally written, to draw the attention of His Lordship, the Chief Justice to the non-compliance with these provisions by officers of the Judicial Service.

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