2020 Election petition: Stop talking to the media – Supreme Court to Frank Davies

The Supreme Court has chastised Mr Frank Davies, one of the lawyers of President Nana Akufo-Addo of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the ongoing election petition and ordered him to stop granting media interviews concerning the case since such conduct goes against the Legal Professional Conduct and Ethical Rules of 2020.

Speaking on behalf of the panel of Justices at the beginning of proceedings on Monday, 1 February 2021, Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, Mr Davies’ media interviews made the apex court uncomfortable.

“Mr Frank Davies, we respectfully want to draw your attention to the Legal Professional conduct and Ethical Rules of 2020. If you look at rule 38, the court is not comfortable with the post-trial interviews that you grant outside,” the Chief Justice said.

He quoted the rule as saying: ‘A lawyer who is practising or has participated in the investigation or 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’.

In his view, “somebody other than you [Frank Davies] may do it [grant interviews]; that is not our concern, but you are precluded by law because you have been announced in the case on a regular basis.”

The CJ also told lawyers to take off their wigs and robes before talking to the media.

“If you are even a lawyer, and you are not actively participating, we make a passionate plea to you to put down your robes and grant the interviews. We don’t think that you should be in robes with the wigs on addressing the media,” Justice Anin-Yeboah noted.

Mr Davies told the court he accepted the admonishing in good faith.

Mr Davies is the Head of the Legal Directorate of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and supported by Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah Esq – MP, Ofoase Ayirebi; Yaw Buaben Asamoa Esq- National Communications Director, NPP; Henry Nana Boakye Esq- National Youth Organizer, NPP; Fati Abubakar – Deputy Communications Director, Presidency and Nana Adjoa Adobea Asante – Legal Committee Member.