‘Courts dealing with personal liberties should sit on weekends on holidays’ – Supreme Court rules

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The Supreme Court has in a unanimous decision ruled that courts are to sit on weekends and public holidays to deal with issues that affect personal liberty.

This brings to an end the age-long practice where persons are arrested and kept beyond 48 hours because courts do not sit on weekends.0

A seven-member panel presided over by outgoing Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo held that the police have no right to keep any suspect for more than 48 hours weekends inclusive insisting that ’48 hours means 48 hours.’

Other members of the panel were Chief Justice nominee, Anin Yeboah, Justice Julius Ansah, Baffoe Bonnie, Sule Gbadegbe, A.A Benin and Prof. Ashie Kotey.

This will be her last ruling as as a Supreme Court Judge in Ghana.

Reading the judgement, Justice Akuffo stated that the portion of the Holiday Act which prevented the court to sit on weekends in relation to human liberties was unconstitutional.

The court then rectified the provisions allowing courts dealing with personal liberty cases to sit on weekends and holidays.

The court further ordered the IGP to sensitize police prosecutors about this decision within six months.

The director of the Judicial Training Institute is also to do the same for Judges and Magistrates.

Source: Ghana | Angelfmonlinegh.com | Maame Efua Duker

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