Legal practitioners in Ghana are scheduled to meet the Chief Justice on Monday, March 16 to make a strong case for courts to be shut down for the next 14 days as six cases of the deadly coronavirus is recorded in the country.
Ghana recorded its first two cases on March 12 causing health officials to raise the country’s alert levels, but two additional cases were recorded subsequently on Friday and two more on Saturday.
All the patients, according to health officials, have been quarantined and are in a stable condition.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo later in the night announced what appeared to be more stringent measures to stem the of spread of the virus which was imported into the country, by banning all social gathering.
Effective Monday March 16, church services, funerals, political rallies and sporting activities have been banned for the next four weeks.
On the back of heightened concerns about the virus which has been declared by WHO as global pandemic, the Ghana Bar Association on Sunday night held consultations with the Judicial Secretary over the matter
Executives of the GBA were apprised of all precautionary measures and protocols being put in place by the Judicial Service to prevent the spread of the virus.
A memo issued to by the GBA president, Tony Forson, to all lawyers after the meeting said, the GBA will today meet with the Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah to discuss the suspension of court sittings for the next 14 days “while contingency plans are made for limited court sittings taking into consideration the social distancing advice”.
“The GBA President advises all lawyers to remain calm and help in the education drive in their communities to assist people to understand the guidelines which have been put by the relevant authorities,” the memo encouraged.