Ratio Decidendi


(1971) JELR 65704 (HC)    
High Court  ·  26 Feb 1971 ·  Ghana
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[1971] 2 GLR 1

Ratio Decidendi

Core Terms Beta
historic interest
mr. nunoo
lieu of notice
spare time
export licence
grounds of misconduct
museum objects
wood carvings
general orders
ghana museum
government officers
grounds of grave misconduct
mr. asiedu akrofi
mr. osrah
museum assistant
pension scheme
plaintiff’s conduct
plaintiff’s services
service of the defendants
a. l. smith l.j.
case of grave misconduct
civil servant
criminal investigation department
defendants’ employment
dictum of lopes l.j.
due respect
employee of the defendants
exhibit f
favour of the plaintiff
general duties
inquiry officer
monuments board ordinance
mr. akrofi
plaintiff’s last witness
plaintiff’s witness
police officer
position of servant
purposes of disciplinary control
recovery of certain benefits
relevant portion of the said minute
said letter
said misconduct
virtue of this appointment
writ of summons
wrongful dismissal
wrongful dismissal of the plaintiff

ABBAN J.: The plaintiff in this action claims general damages for wrongful dismissal and the recovery of certain benefits to which he is entitled under the pension scheme established by the defendants. The writ of summons reads as follows:

“Recovery of liquidated amounts of benefits under Staff Pension Scheme Policy No. A/2/97466/7/8 and Policy No. G/97466/8 under Assurance Society all totalling N¢1,303.82 and general damages for wrongful dismissal of the plaintiff by the defendants.”

The plaintiff in his evidence averred that by a letter dated 26 June 1957, the defendants employed him as a museum assistant with effect from 1 July 1957. By virtue of this appointment the plaintiff joined the staff pension scheme established by the defendants. He said as an employee of the defendants, he came to know which objects are classified as relics and that relics have been defined in the Ghana Museum and Monuments Board Ordinance, 1957 (No. 20 of 1957). According to the plaintiff while in the defe…

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