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YEBOAH ALIAS KRAMO V. THE REPUBLIC

(1987) JELR 63709 (HC)

High Court  •  17 May 1987  •  Ghana

Coram
MENSAH BOISON J.

Judgement

MENSA BOISON J.: The appellant was a litigant in a civil case before the District Court Grade II, Duayaw Nkwanta. At the conclusion of the judgment therein, delivered by the presiding magistrate and which went against him, the appellant was alleged instantly, in the presence of the court, to have uttered the following words: “You have not judged the case according to law.” Thereupon the appellant was arrested, apparently at the magistrate’s direction, and the next day those words formed the subject of a criminal charge of “insulting court” contrary to section 224 of Act 29, before the same magistrate. The particulars of offence read:

“Kwame Ali farmer, for that you on the 14th day of February 1978 at D/Nkwanta . . . did insult the court after judgment had been given against you in a civil suit by uttering the following words at the top of your voice while the court was in session thus ‘You have not judged the case according to law’.”

The appellant according to the record pleaded guilty …

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