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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Is an Unsigned Arbitration Agreement Valid?

January 28, 2019

The Supreme Court of India, late last year,  in M/s Caravel Shipping Services Private Limited v M/s Premier Sea Foods Exim Private Limited[1]held that an unsigned arbitration agreement is valid and good in law. In the view of the Indian Supreme Court, all that was required under the law is that the arbitration agreement is in writing. […]

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Finders Not Keepers: The Ownership of Minerals in Ghana

January 24, 2019

Consider a scenario where you discover a gold nugget while digging your land for planting. Section 111 of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703) defines “mineral” as a substance in solid or liquid form that occurs naturally in or on the earth, or on or under the seabed, formed by or subject to geological […]

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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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On the Constitutionality of the Presumption Of Advancement In Ghana

January 14, 2019

The law sometimes works in mysterious ways. And its principles are sometimes clearly out of date and out of touch with current realities. One of such principles is the presumption of advancement. The presumption of advancement means that the law presumes that the transfer of property to a recipient or the purchase of property in […]

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Can A Poisonous Tree Bear Good Fruit in Ghana?

December 20, 2018

The attitude the Ghanaian courts should adopt towards illegally obtained evidence is a recurrent debate within Ghanaian political and legal circles. This is an important debate since improperly or Illegally obtained evidence usually occasions a breach of a natural or juristic person’s rights. Improperly obtained evidence may be described as evidence that is obtained in […]

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Supreme Court Declares Montie 3 Pardon as Constitutional

December 17, 2018

  The Supreme Court in a 5-2 majority decision[1]has held that there was nothing unconstitutional in the manner in which former President John Dramani Mahama exercised his prerogative of mercy leading to the pardon of some three contemnors. As Benneh JSC speaking for the majority of the court noted, “as long as the executive [P]resident […]

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Re: Ghana’s Banking Crisis: The Deposit Protection Angle, Part I

December 13, 2018

Introduction:  After reading the succinct analysis on the above subject matter by Samuel Alesu-Dordzi, I am inclined to break my usual norm as a passive observer, to respond for the first time on this “going-places” portal (Ghana Law Hub). A Deposit Protection Insurance as my learned friend espoused is to do inter aliathe following;  “provide the […]

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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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