REPUBLIC
V.
CHIEF SUPT LYDIA DONKOR EXPARTE MOHAMMED OKAIDJA

(2016) JELR 107673 (HC)    
High Court  ·  SUIT NO: CR/354/2016 ·  25 Nov 2016 ·  Ghana
CORAM
JUSTICE KWEKU T. ACKAAH-BOAFO
Core Terms Beta
applicant
respondents
contempt of court
counsel
reasonable doubt
police officers
wo1 julius akwei brown
2nd respondent
administration of justice
affidavit evidence
supreme court
criminal offence
order of court
respectful opinion
above stated definitions
abuse of police powers of arrests
achimota district police commander
administration of the law
assistance of police officers
authority of the courts
behalf of the applicant
case law
centrepiece of this contempt application
civil motion no.
clearest cut of cases
clear message
contempt of court act
dsp edward tetteh
ex parte ameyaw ii
ghanaian courts
inspector general of police
judgment of the circuit court
learned circuit judge
mohammed s. okaidja
paragraph affidavit
police duty
possession of the piece of land
power of the high court
prejudice parties
probable cause
respondents’ actions
senior police officers
support of the motion
terms of that judgment
woi julius akwei brown

DECISION 

APPLICATION FOR COMMITTAL FOR CONTEMPT 

Introduction/Overview

[1] An individual’s right to be free and enjoy the fruits of his litigation and the police duty to  investigate crime and protect the public is the centrepiece of this contempt application. The  misunderstanding between Mohammed S. Okaidja and a certain WOI Julius Akwei Brown has led  to the encounters involving the Applicant herein on the one hand, and on the other, Chief Supt.  Lydia Y. Donkor and DSP Edward Tetteh, the Respondents herein.

[2] Any conduct which interferes with or undermines the authority of the Courts and  administration of justice is contempt of court. Oswald on Contempt 3rd Edition defines contempt  of court at page 6 as: 

“…..Any conduct that tends to bring the authority and administration of the law into  disrespect or disregards, or to interfere with or prejudice parties, litigants or their witnesses  during litigation”. 

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

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