Mind your language – Supreme Court judges berate Frank Davies

Frank Davies
Frank Davies

Frank Davies, a member of the legal team of President Nana Akufo-Addo, has been warned by the Supreme Court to stop engaging in post-trial media interviews.

According to the chief justice, Kwesi Anin Yeboah, who doubles as the president of the seven-member panel sitting on the 2020 election petition hearing, Davies’ conduct is an affront to the legal profession.

He was reminded that a lawyer actively engaged in a case in court is not allowed to be providing media interviews in his full robe.

Justice Yeboah therefore asked him to relinquish that role to a different lawyer who is not directly involved in the case.

“Before we go on we want to make a few observations, Mr Frank Davies please we respectively want to draw your attention to the legal professional conduct and etiquette rules 2020,” Justice Yeboah pointed out.

He added: “Please if you look at Rule 38, the Court is not comfortable with post-trial interviews that you grant outside. If I may read to you; a lawyer who is practicing or has participated in a 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. So please we are just drawing your attention to the ethical infraction and you have to advise yourself accordingly.”

“Somebody other than you may do it. That is not our concern but you precluded by law because you have been announced of the case on regular basis.”

Davies then rose to thank the bar for drawing his attention to the “ethical infraction”.

 “My Lords, I’m grateful… My Lords your advise is faithfully taken.”

Source: Daily Mail GH

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