Criminal Law

What is Entrapment?

June 25, 2018

Now that the dust is almost settling on the latest work of investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, it is probably time to examine one of the main charges levelled against him. Entrapment. According to his critics, he leads unsuspecting persons on into committing offences they would otherwise not have committed. The big question therefore is […]

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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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The Civil Aspect of Criminal Procedure: Enforcing Restitution Orders in a Criminal Case

March 29, 2018

In a criminal case, a judge may make orders such as the payment of money or the return of property found to have been stolen by the accused person. This is what is referred to as restitution in criminal procedure. Traditionally, a judge in a criminal case could only make restitution orders against an accused […]

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A Case for The Inclusion of Blackmail in The Criminal Offences Act

November 10, 2017

Mr. X, a successful politician after a long day, received a call from a rather strange number. The person on the other end of the line told Mr. X that he has full knowledge of all Mr. X’s sexual escapades with numerous young women across the country. He makes an offer to Mr. X for […]

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Pardon me, I have a right to appeal!

May 2, 2017

On 30 November 2016, the Court of Appeal, Accra in Republic v Tsatsu Tsikata held that the grant of a presidential pardon to a convict did not take away the constitutional right of that convict to appeal against his conviction on its merits. Tsatsu Tsikata, the Appellant, was found guilty of willfully causing financial loss to […]

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