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High Court adjourns anti-gay case to July 29

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An Accra High Court has deferred the proceedings regarding the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill, commonly known as the anti-LGBTQ+ bill, until July 29, 2024. The case was adjourned after lawyers representing one of the petitioners, Paul Boama-Sefa, were instructed to submit their written arguments within four weeks.

Additionally, the court awaits a response from the Speaker of Parliament, who is the defendant in the case. In a noteworthy move, the Judiciary Service granted permission for live media coverage of cases related to the anti-LGBT+ bill. This decision marks a significant shift in transparency, allowing the public to closely follow these legal proceedings.

Previously, the Chief Justice had authorised media houses to livestream the hearing of Richard Sky’s injunction application against the passage of the anti-LGBTQ+ bill at the Supreme Court. Now, with the Judicial Service’s broader directive, all cases linked to the anti-LGBTQ+ bill will be open to media coverage.

Currently, four cases related to the anti-LGBTQ+ bill have been filed at various levels of the court system. Two of these cases are slated for hearing at the High Court, while the remaining two will be addressed at the Supreme Court.

By: Ernest K. Arhinful

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