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BOTCHWAY AND ANOTHER
V.
DANIELS AND OTHERS

(1987) JELR 69675 (HC)    
High Court  ·  24 Aug 1987 ·  Ghana
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Other Citations
[1991] 2 GLR 262
CORAM
KPEGAH J.

Ratio Decidendi

Core Terms Beta
defendant applicants
plaintiff respondents
case of some difficulty
department of social welfare
registry of this court
default of appearance
future maintenance of the said child
set aside
respect of the latter issue
rules of court
numerous applications
case of the plaintiffs
officials of the department of social welfare
interlocutory judgment
jurisdiction of the department
default judgment
son of the second defendant
given matter
statement of claim
lord atkin
legal status of the decision
set aside ex debito justitiae
family tribunal
extension of time
second defendant
statement of defence
said officials
high court
second plaintiff
judgment
learned judge
legitimate point
mr odro
parents of the second defendant
reasonable defence
entry of appearance
opening of the matter
addition show
english supreme court rules
such verdict
third plaintiff
direct affidavit
defence of res judicata
defendants
similar circumstances
equivalent provision
decision of the department of social welfare

KPEGAH J.

This is a case of some difficulty in which there are numerous applications and affidavits before me either by the plaintiff respondents (hereinafter referred to as the plaintiffs) or the defendant applicants (hereinafter referred to as the defendants). The plaintiffs sued the defendants asking for three reliefs against them jointly and severally, namely ¢250,000, being arrears of maintenance in respect of Papa Mensah Abandoh, the son of the second defendant; an order for the future maintenance of the said child; and thirdly, an order appointing the second plaintiff as the guardian of the child.

The third plaintiff and the second defendant were young students when their amorous escapades saddled them with a pregnancy. The girl’s parents customarily approached the parents of the second defendant. They accepted responsibility and undertook to maintain the mother and child. When the third plaintiff was delivered of the child, the defendants went to name the child. The child is abo…

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