According to her, he often fails to show up and allows one of his lawyers to file and swear to statements on his behalf.
The Chief Justice emphasized that such conduct is irregular and must not be encouraged, stating, “He doesn't treat this court properly. He engages in this court, and he refuses to appear. When you ask the court to exercise discretion, you must treat the court properly.”
The concerns were raised during a five-member panel's hearing of a case filed by the legislator. Mr. Quayson sought to halt his trial, claiming that the High Court erred in refusing a request for prosecutors to provide certain documents they had failed to disclose.
Attorney General Godfred Yeboah had informed the High Court that his office had supplied all the documents to the legislator and referred to correspondence between his office and the MP's legal team showing that the documents in their possession had been examined.
However, lawyers for Mr. Quayson disagreed, stating that the AG cannot refer to those correspondences since they had not filed an appropriate response.
The High Court's disagreement led the MP's legal team to take the matter to the Supreme Court, where Mr. Quayson's lawyer, Justin Teriwajah, urged the apex court to set aside the High Court's decision, alleging that the court relied on evidence not properly presented to it.
The Attorney General countered, pointing out irregularities in the processes, and emphasized that the High Court committed no error of law.
The Chief Justice and the panel members expressed their concerns over the MP's continuous absence and the practice of lawyers swearing documents on his behalf.
The case was heard by Chief Justice Gertrude Torkonoo and Justices Issiufu Amadu Tanko, Emmanuel Kulendi, Samuel Asiedu, and Ernest Gaewu.