Exchanges, extensions and other nuisance.
The State shed its sovereign immunity and entered the marketplace, borrowed money and did business just like any individual or institution. And now that it is time to fulfil its part of the contract, the State proposes to put on its sovereign immunity garb to escape from its accrued responsibility towards its bondholders. One cannot think of a worse case of fraud and an affront to public policy.
The second coming of Suspension, The Messiah
Different people take their cases to court for different reasons. There are those who choose to go to court mainly to drag their opponents (mostly considered to be indigent) through the tedium of litigation.
The ‘Ama Governor’ issue: The law is an ass, indeed.
The law is an ass. This is one of the most graphic expressions that stuck in my young, fresh and then-unadulterated mind when I heard it for the first time. I had then enrolled as a law student at the University of Ghana, Legon, exactly 30 years ago. I wondered why anyone will refer to the ‘law’ as an ass.
ADR for ‘galamsey’: A curious proposition?
If there is one criminal activity that has outsmarted Ghanaians, it is illegal gold mining. Christened as ‘galamsey’, this ass has turned all those who wield power in Ghana into an edentulous lot. Finding a solution to the problem has eluded the President of the Republic. Chiefs are wriggling their hands in despair.
Judgment creditors should not draw up entry of judgment: Did the Supreme Court go too far in Asamoah v S.I.C?
The very nature of the adversarial system of litigation we practice means that, at the end of every case filed in court, there is a winner and a loser. The person who wins will look forward to reaping the fruits of her judgment. The first step the winner must take in order to enjoy the judgment is to file an entry of judgment.
The new ‘procedure’ for payment of money out of court: A trick or a treat?
Going to court is serious business. People who file cases in court or defend cases that have been filed against them know that court processes are not matters one takes for fun. There are elaborate rules and procedures to follow for each step a litigant wants to take.
Judicial review gets a shot in the arm in Ex parte Hoda Holdings Ltd.
A regular feature of every practicing lawyer’s life is the relentless reading of cases that have been decided by the courts. Favourite cases, in order of ascending hierarchy, are those from the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court (collectively known as the Superior Courts of Judicature).
The Elite and our Democracy: Who will bell the cat?
As the diplomatic feud between Chief and Her Excellency was coming to its certain end, another issue came to occupy our collective consciousness to fill the media space and keep the virtual cycle of media banter in full motion. As it emerged in the days following, a certain Chief, (this time, not the Chief of Police but a traditional chief) had reportedly learned from the tax collector that an amount of GH₵365,000 had been paid to him as ex gratia for his part-time work as a member of the Council of State.
Achieving speedy interlocutory appeals in civil cases: Lawyers and litigants’ dream.
It is said that there is no inherent right of appeal in any litigant. Appeals are created by statute. Therefore, any party in a case who is not satisfied with any decision made or order given by a court must appeal by strictly following the rules applicable to the court where the appeal is to be heard.
Cry Babies and Other Stories.
Once upon a time… time, time!! There was an association of first class citizens; the real descendants of Adam and Eve or Adamu and Hawa or Dear Boy (It’s unclear who was his female reproductive counterpart). The association was so bedeviled by nagging problems that, the members sent word to the occupant of the third most important stool in the kingdom, praying for a date for a meeting at 9 a.m in the forenoon that same day or so soon thereafter.
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