Criminal Law

Right to Privacy in Criminal Matters

April 18, 2019

The right to privacy is a fundamental human right. Article 18, clause 2 of the 1992 Constitution provides that: “No person shall be subjected to interference with the privacy of his home, property, correspondence or communication except with law and as may be necessary in a free and democratic society for public safety or for […]

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GES, the Law and the Ban on ​Corporal Punishment

March 11, 2019

The Ghana Education Service (GES) in 2017 officially banned all forms of corporal punishment of children in schools in Ghana as part of efforts aimed at promoting a safe and protective learning environment for children.[1]The GES directed in January 2019 that a Positive Discipline Toolkit which gives alternatives to corporal punishments be adopted by all […]

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When Changing Your Mind Means Nothing

February 11, 2019

It has been said that only a fool never changes his mind. However, in our criminal jurisprudence, setting certain actions in motion without completing them may constitute an offence regardless of the change of mind. These offences are referred to as inchoate offences. This means that a full-blown offence does not need to have been […]

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Victim-Offender Mediation and the Criminal Justice System

February 7, 2019

Under the criminal justice system, a crime is regarded as an offence against the state and not the victim.[1]The state steps into the shoes of the victim and prosecutes the offender. In the end, the state focuses on punishing the offender to either pay a fine to the state or commit the offender to a […]

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What Does the Law Say – “Traffic Police: Things to Remember”

February 4, 2019

A few weeks ago, I saw eleven facts on traffic rules which sought to educate users of the road, particularly drivers. This was virally shared on social media platforms and had no source. In this article I will attempt to correct the position of the law as it applies in Ghana with particular reference to […]

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Nolle Prosequi and Withdrawal

January 21, 2019

Article 88(3) of the 1992 Constitution gives power to the Attorney General to initiate and conduct all prosecutions on behalf of the state. In the conduct of this duty, the Attorney General is given certain powers. Two of such powers are the power of nolle prosequi and withdrawal. This piece looks at how these two […]

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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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Non-Custodial Sentences in Ghana

December 10, 2018

In recent times, attention has been drawn to the challenges facing prison facilities in Ghana, especially to the issue of congestion. This has triggered a myriad of reactions and calls for noncustodial sentences for minor offences and misdemeanours in order to decongest the prisons. A noncustodial sentence is a punishment given by a court of […]

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Bail In Ghana Today

December 3, 2018

Bail is the process of procuring the release of an accused person from legal custody. In order for bail to be granted, the accused person undertakes that she would be available at such a time and place specified by the bail bond. In an application for bail, two parties may be required. The first is […]

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Recent Developments in Criminal Procedure in Ghana

November 29, 2018

On 7th June 2018, the Supreme Court in the The Republic v Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie and 4 Others (the NCA case) held that on a true and proper interpretation of article 19 (2) (e) and (g) of the 1992 Constitution, an accused person had the right to be given adequate time and facilities for the preparation […]

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