Author: Samuel Alesu-Dordzi

Samuel Alesu-Dordzi is an Editor of the Ghana Law Hub.

Supreme Court Sets Parameters for Disclosure of Information to Accused Persons

June 18, 2018

The Supreme Court in the case of Republic v Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie & 4 Ors [1] has upheld the right of accused persons being tried summarily to have access to all documents in the possession of the prosecution – irrespective of whether the prosecution intends to rely on them or not. “A trial cannot be fair, […]

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Investigative Journalism: The Tension Between Privacy and the Public’s Interest

June 4, 2018

Investigative journalism assists the traditional media in rooting out corruption and dealing with crimes and abuse of public trust and confidence. As Lord Nichols pointed out in Reynolds v Times Newspaper[1], “it is through the mass media that most people today obtain their information on political matters…In this regard it should be kept in mind […]

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Overview of Ghana’s Deposit Protection Scheme

May 31, 2018

2016 was a challenging year for the Ghanaian Banking sector. Reports of microfinance institutions folding up were rife. “Owners” of these financial institutions were disappearing mysteriously. The hard-earned savings of many were in jeopardy. Something had to be done. The then President, John Dramani Mahama in his State of the Nation Address (Delivered on Thursday, […]

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Overview of BOG’s Corporate Governance Directives

May 21, 2018

Banking in Ghana began in the 1890s when Standard Chartered Bank (Ghana) Limited established its first branch in Accra. This was followed by the opening in 1917 of a Barclays Bank branch. Until 1953, these two banks were the only commercial banks operating in the country. Then the Bank of the Gold Coast was set […]

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Can an Ex-Employee Come Back for More?

May 17, 2018

It has long been thought that an ex-employee could not turn around and complain about a termination package she received (unreservedly) from an employer. The basis for this thinking was rooted in the supreme court decision of Lt. Col. Ashun v Accra Breweries Limited [2009] SCGLR 81. In that case, the Plaintiff was an employee […]

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Can a Law Firm Sign a Legal Process? – Extra Perspective

May 10, 2018

On 7 may 2017, the Ghana Law Hub published an article under the heading, “Can a law firm sign a legal process?”In that article, Y. Edinam Cofie discussed a High Court decision in which Justice Bright Mensah came to the conclusion that a “person” as referred to in the Legal Professions Act (Act 32) referred […]

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Sallah v Attorney-General – 48 Years On

April 20, 2018

Today, we turn the clocks back to a key decision that was given 48 years ago. This was in the case of Sallah v Attorney-General. The facts of the case are well known but probably the decision would not have been this popular but for the social and political interests, it generated. Let’s start from […]

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Secret Phone Recording Violation of Right to Privacy

April 16, 2018

The Supreme Court in the case of Raphael Cubagee v Michael Yeboah Asare & 2 Ors[1] has declared the secret recording of a telephone conversation as a breach of the privacy provisions of the constitution. The Court went on to say that the secret recording was not admissible as evidence in court. “To record someone […]

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Can an unsigned document give rise to legal consequences?

April 12, 2018

The Supreme Court in the case of John Affuah & Another v General Developments Company Limited[1] has held that an unsigned document may give rise to legal consequences. The Court stated that the common law has always recognized the principle that the signature of parties to an agreement was not a prerequisite to the presence […]

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Reinstatements: Not Simply for The Asking

April 9, 2018

The Supreme Court, in the case of Castro Daniel Yao Attiamo v The Attorney-General & 2 Ors[1], has held that it is not every finding of wrongful or unfair termination that would justify a reinstatement. In other words, reinstatements are not simply for the asking. In the view of the Court, the circumstances of the […]

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