The Commander-in-Chief of the Ghanaian Air Force, Brigadier Charles Beausoleil, opened the new Cape Coast Court House complex on Saturday (9 October).
GV New Cape Coast Court House, Ghana, with crowds in foreground
SV AND MV Paramount Chiefs and families walk in procession (2 shots)
CU EXTERIOR Banner proclaiming new court house opening on side of court house wall
MV Paramount Chiefs seated
CU Ghanaian Air Force Commander-in-Chief, Brigadier Charles Beausoleil, speaking
SVs Beausoleil cuts ribbon to fanfare of trumpets (2 shots)
MV Beausoleil unveils commemorative plaque
CU and SVs Court sign and interior of court with Brigadier Beausoleil and guests touring court (3 shots)
BEAUSOLEIL: "We are commemorating a century of a legal system. A system with a distinct English legacy. In doing so we are re-affirming our commitment not only to the Ghana tradition and legal system but also to the universal urge of all peoples for a viable system of justice. The last 100 years in Ghana have witnessed the rise of nationalism, the attainment of independence and the development of the philosophy of self-reliance as a guiding spirit of national development endeavours. We believe that nationalism, independence and self-reliance are perfectly compatible with the reception of ideas and institutions of our lands that assist us to realise our declared national goals."
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Background: 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.