The Panel of Judges hearing the Presidential election petition case today queried Tsatsu Tsikata, counsel for the 3rd Respondents, for disrespecting the courts order for parties in the case to file their written addresses by the 30th of July, 2013.
They however allowed him to file his address since according to Justice Atuguba, the sins of a counsel cannot be visited on his client.
The court at it?s last sitting, ordered parties in the case, to file written addresses and present them to the courts registrar by 30th July,2013. As at the close of day on the 30th, the petitioners, the 1st respondent and the 2nd respondent had filed their addresses.
The NDC who happens to be the 3rd respondents in the case, however failed to file their address by close of day and rather filed it on Wednesday, 31st July.
Tsatsu Tsikata in his defence, told the packed court that he takes responsibility for the lateness in serving his client?s address. It was because of a ?mechanical challenge? in binding appendices to his address, he explained. He had also ?underestimated? the length of time this process of binding would take.
The panel of judges in their ruling indicated that the orders of the highest court of the land were not to be taken lightly. They however conceded that the act that caused the delay was for the benefit of the court.
The court also set August 7th 2013 for an oral submission of the parties based on their addresses.
Justice Atuguba, presiding judge of the panel, reading the ruling stated:
?The sins of counsel must not be visited on his client?. The court therefore permitted the filing of the address.