REPUBLIC
V.
GODFRED ABOLBIRE EXPARTE BUGRI MAHAMA BABA

(2016) JELR 107678 (HC)    
High Court  ·  CASE NO. CR/135/2016 ·  5 Jul 2016 ·  Ghana
CORAM
KWEKU T. ACKAAH-BOAFO
Core Terms Beta
counsel
contempt of court
4th respondents
circuit court
2nd respondent
1st respondent
2nd respondents
fair trial
supreme court
legal issues
outcome of a case
said injunction application
written law
1st respondent’s invitation
accompanying affidavit
administration of the law
authority of the courts
available affidavit evidence
behalf of the applicants
certified copy of the elections results
civil motion no.
contempt 3rd edition
criminal offence
dignity of the court
instant application
interlocutory injunction
legal reasoning finds expression
legion of decided cases
nana kru perkoh ii
national secretary
order of court
pending court proceedings
plain reading of same confirm
power of the high court
prejudice parties
re-election
superior court
thrust of the application

 DECISION 

APPLICATION FOR COMMITTAL FOR CONTEMPT 

Introduction/Overview

[1] 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”. 

[2] The power of the High Court to punish for contempt is provided in S.10 of the  Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29) and Articles 19(12) and 126 of the 1992  Republican Constitution of Ghana. 

[3] It is instructive to note that Article 19 Clause 11 of the 1992 Constitution provides that no person shall be convicted of a criminal offence unless the offence is  defined and the penalty for it is prescribed in a written law. However, the same  Constitution, at Article 19(12), empowers the court to punish for cont…

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