The Commander-in-Chief of the Ghanaian Air Force, Brigadier Charles Beausoleil, opened the new Cape Coast Court House complex on Saturday (9 October).
The Commander-in-Chief of the Ghanaian Air Force, Brigadier Charles Beausoleil, opened the new Cape Coast Court House complex on Saturday (9 October). The Brigadier carried out the formal ceremony on behalf of General Ignatius Acheampong, Head of State as Chairman of the ruling Supreme Military Council.
SYNOPSIS: The court house complex consists of two magistrates courts, two high courts, a circuit court and offices. Court officials regarded the ceremony as symbolic. It was near here in 1844 that tribal leaders -- the paramount chiefs -- agreed to yield their judicial role to the British. Brigadier Beausoleil spoke of the strong British influence in Ghanaian law when he opened the courts.
The civil law in Ghana is based on the Common Law doctrines of equity: and general statutes which were in force in England in 1874, as modified by subsequent rulings. Ghanaian customary law is, however, the basis of most personal, domestic and contractual relation-ships and the Supreme Court had power to enforce it. In September 1972 the Supreme Court was abolished. The government said it had only sat twice since its establishment, and its continued existence could no longer be justified.