REPUBLIC
V.
AKWASI MENSAH EXPARTE JIBRIL MENSAH

(2018) JELR 107900 (HC)    
High Court  ·  CR/348/2017 ·  20 Jun 2018 ·  Ghana
CORAM
KWEKU T. ACKAAH-BOAFO
Core Terms Beta
respondent
applicant
land
court
contempt
counsel
contempt of court
reasonable doubt
administration of justice
dr. kwabena twum nuamah
instant application
supreme court
attached exhibits
destruction of the development
ex parte ameyaw ii
fair trial
high court civil procedure rules
interlocutory injunction
land division of the high court
mr. agyabeng akrasi
offence of contempt
respondent’s reaction
writ of summons
advice of counsel
applicant’s structures
background of the application
black’s law dictionary 8th edition
case law
contention of the applicant
dignity of a court
dignity of the court
dynamics of a hobbesian state of anarchy
english contempt of court act
evidence act
ghanaian courts
injunction order
learned jurist
mr. akwasi mensah
paragraph affidavit
power of the high court
said land
subject matter of the dispute
submission of counsel
supplementary affidavit


DECISION 

APPLICATION FOR COMMITTAL FOR CONTEMPT 

i. Introduction: 

[1] The Applicant has brought this application to vindicate the law and its sanctions. He accuses the Respondent of breaking the law by disrespecting an application for injunction order  served on him and thereby bringing the administration of justice into disrepute by demolishing the  Applicant’s structures on the land, the subject matter of the dispute between them.

[2] Black’s Law Dictionary 8th Edition defines contempt as “conduct that defies the authority  or dignity of a Court or legislature. Because such conduct interferes with the administration of  justice, it is punishable, usually by fine or imprisonment.” The Oxford Advanced Learner’s  Dictionary of Current English by A.S. Hornby (7th Edition) also defines contempt of court as “the  crime of refusing to obey an order made by a court; not showing respect for a court or judge.” 

[3] The power of the High Court to punish for contempt is provided in S.10 of the …

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