ABADWUM STOOL, EDUBIASE STOOL AND BENKUM & ADONTEN STOOLS
V.
AKROKERRI STOOL

(2017) JELR 63543 (SC)    
Supreme Court  ·  CIVIL APPEAL NO. J4/28/2016 ·  31 May 2017 ·  Ghana
CORAM
AKUFFO (MS) JSC PRESIDING, YEBOAH JSC, BAFFOE-BONNIE JSC, BENIN JSC, PWAMANG JSC
Core Terms Beta
appellants
case
high court
court of appeal
reasonable time
concurrent findings
taking of evidence
chief justice
justice j. a. osei
stool lands boundaries settlement decree
abadwum stool
akrokerri stool
basis of the record
high court judge
judgment of the court of appeal
such proceedings
additional high court judge
boundary dispute
case of appellants
case sine die
circuit court
circuit court judge
construction of statutes
court of appeal judge
cross examination
determination of stool lands boundaries disputes
discussion of the first ground
folkloric account of the discovery of palm wine
following words
grounds of appeal
hearing of the instant case
judgment of the high court
justice john augustus osei
knowledge of their exact boundaries
legal arguments
mandatory provision
mandatory provision of section
mention of rule 2a of the high court
office of the national house of chiefs
pending cases
place of the high court
point of law
principles of statutory interpretation
resources of the state
respective boundaries
rev. carl christian reindorf
stool lands boundary settlement commission
supreme court
words of lord steyn

PWAMANG, JSC: Some centuries back, the predecessors of the peoples of Akrokerri, Abadwum, Tarkwa and Kwaman in present day Adansi area in the Ashanti Region settled next to one another on lands that were vacant at the time. It is most likely that with time the original settlers came to know their respective boundaries and respected them. However, it appears that with the passage of time, knowledge of their exact boundaries handed down through oral tradition faded and current versions of where their boundaries lie tended to conflict. That is how come from about 1950 these peoples have been disagreeing among themselves over their exact boundaries leading to the filing of a suit by the Akrokerri Stool against the Abadwum Stool in the Circuit Court, Obuasi in 1982. After the close of pleadings and summons for directions it became clear to the Circuit Court judge that in substance the case was a boundary dispute so he made an order transferring it to the Stool Lands Boundary Settlement Com…

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