The Judicial Service will be appraising Judges and Magistrates on the use of their discretion in granting of bail to alleged offenders who appear before them, a Supreme Court Judge has said. The appraisal would be in the wake of how some magistrates and judges were interpreting the Supreme Court decision in the Martin Kpebu’ case relating to the grant of bail to accused.
Justice Jones Victor Dotse, a Supreme Court Judge told journalists at the Akuse Local Prison in the Eastern Region after a Justice for All Programme (JFAP) sitting on Friday. Justice Dotse said although he was elated at the immense benefits of JFAP but was saddened by the conduct of some Magistrates and Judges.
He said: “it appears some trial judges are not appreciating the rationale behind the Supreme Court decision which allows the grant of bail in cases.” According to him, judges could decline bail if they have reasons to believe that an accused person may not appear to stand trial or considering the gravity of the offence, he or she might commit further offences.
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