Case Summaries

Customary Grant Will Override a Subsequent Conveyance

February 14, 2019

The Supreme Court in Adisa Boya v Zenabu Mohammed & Mujeeb[i]  held that writing is not a sine qua non to a customary grant in land transactions. Thus, a conveyance [indenture] only adds to a customary grant and its absence does not render a prior grant made under customary law invalid. Consequently, where a party is […]

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Supreme Court on the Determination of the Value of a Car Under a Comprehensive Insurance Policy

January 31, 2019

The Supreme Court by majority decision has held that an insured party is entitled to determine the value of his insured car and that the value although not being the actual value of the car will not render void the insurance contract. This is because the value determined by the insured party will not be […]

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High Court Rejects Claim for Recovery of “Facilitation Fees”

January 17, 2019

The High Court, Kumasi presided over by Justice Angelina Mensah-Homiah denied a construction company, Star of the Sea Construction (“Company”) the right to recover a sum of GH¢41,000 from Samuel Mensah Abroampah (“Defendant”)[1] who had promise to secure a contract for the Company. The Plaintiff Company allegedly entered into an agreement with the Defendant, for […]

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Supreme Court Urges Limited Court Intervention in Arbitral Proceedings

November 19, 2018

The Supreme Court in the case of The Republic v. High Court (Commercial Division, Accra) Ex-Parte: GHACEM Limited (AJ FANJ Construction & Engineering Limited as an interested party)[1]has urged courts to hasten slowly in interfering with arbitral proceedings. According to Dotse JSC: “What must be noted is that the provisions in Act 798 on arbitral […]

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Court Declares Regulation Requiring Women Employees to Defer Pregnancies as Discriminatory

November 5, 2018

The High Court, Accra, Human Rights Division presided over by His Lordship Anthony K. Yeboah J.A, in The Commissioner, CHRAJ & 2 Ors Vrs Ghana National Fire Service & Attorney-General[1], declared that Regulation 33(6) of the Conditions of Services of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS)[2]which required employees of the GNFS who were women to […]

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Can a Writ Breed Contempt?

September 10, 2018

The Supreme Court in the case of Republic v Bank of Ghana & 5 Ors; Ex Parte Benjamin Duffour[1]has held that a party to a suit may well be in contempt of court in the absence of formal court order. The Court stressed that a person was in contempt of court if that person engaged […]

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Injunctions Over Disciplinary Proceedings – How Far and How Wide?

August 27, 2018

The Supreme Court in the case of Republic v Bank of Ghana & 5 Ors; Ex Parte Benjamin Duffour[1]has held that an injunction order prohibiting an employer from holding disciplinary hearings against an employee in a specific matter does not bar the employer from initiating separate disciplinary proceedings against the same employee in respect of […]

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Disciplinary Proceedings in Public Institutions Subject to Judicial Review

August 16, 2018

The Supreme Court in the case of Francis Owusu Mensah & Anor v National Board for Professional and Technical Examinations & 2 Ors[1]has emphasized the need for administrative bodies to act fairly and reasonably in disciplining public officers and also ensure that public officers are dismissed only with just cause. Failing this, the decision of […]

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Airline Passenger’s Responsibility to Be On Time

July 26, 2018

An Isreali magistrate court has dismissed an action brought by a passenger who missed his flight. The court pointed out that it was the responsibility of a passenger to arrive on time at the boarding gate. The Plaintiff, in this case, purchased a ticket for a flight from Tel Aviv to Istanbul and then from Istanbul […]

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English Court Rejects Tullow’s Force Majeure Defence to Contract Termination

July 9, 2018

The Business and Property Courts of England and Wales in the case of Seadrill Ghana Limited v Tullow Ghana Limited[1]has rejected a force majeure defence advanced by Tullow in response to an unlawful termination of contract claim by Seadrill.  The relevant facts are as follows. Tullow hired from Seadrill a semi-submersible rig (by name West […]

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