Under the Native Courts (Southern Section of Togoland) Ordinance, the powers of a Magistrate in land causes are restricted to transferring a matter to another Court (section 54), and hearing appeals where the subject matter in dispute is under £50 in value (sections 46 and 47). The powers of a Government Agent are not exercisable in land causes (sections 61-63). There is no evidence of the value of the subject-matter in this case, but there is no doubt that the action taken in the Magistrate’s Court was not by way of appeal under the provisions of section 46.
I am satisfied that the Magistrate had no jurisdiction to make an order striking out the action in the Native Court. Any such application to strike out should have been made to the Native Court itself. Although it may well be that strong grounds exist for pleading res judicata, I must grant the application for certiorari.
I order the proceedings in the suit entitled Nana Kofi Tandor VIII of Tutu kpene and Yaa Kpola, plain…