REPUBLIC
V.
INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF POLICE; EX PARTE CANTARA

(1981) JELR 63517 (HC)    
High Court  ·  21 Dec 1981 ·  Ghana
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Other Citations
[1982-83] GLR 528
CORAM
TWUMASI J.
Core Terms Beta
applicant
penalty
regional board
case
power
central board
superior officer
miss sutherland
mr. owoo
disciplinary proceedings
inspector-general of police
police force
regulations
appointment of mr. dokyi
deputy chairman
deputy superintendent of police
miss sutherland’s submission
mr. senti
mr. s. o. dokyi
approval of the central board
approval of the regional board
charges of misconduct
court of quarter sessions
e. k. abotsi
entire disciplinary proceedings
erroneous decisions
ex parte d’souza
formal disciplinary proceedings
general police constable
hierarchy of the disciplinary authority
inner london quarter sessions
legal effect
messrs. j. o. tham
minor penalties
mr. e. k. abotsi
mr. s. k. k. senti
police authorities
police headquarters
police officer
police officers
police service act
quarter sessions
quorum of a regional board
requisite jurisdiction
statutory authority
subsequent orders
superior courts
trial of offences
want of jurisdiction
western region

TWUMASI J.: Until his dismissal, the applicant was a general police constable with service No. 22499 CC/1 stationed at Tarkwa in the Western Region. Some time in October 1981, two charges of misconduct contrary to section 17 (k) of the Police Service Act, 1970 (Act 350), were preferred against him.

The procedural rules for the trial of offences committed by police officers are contained in the Police Force (Disciplinary Proceedings) Regulations, 1974 (L.I. 993). Under regulation 3 (1), the hierarchy of the disciplinary authority is: (a) a superior officer who shall have power to impose a penalty not more severe than stoppage of increment for one year; (b) a regional board which has power to impose all penalties on all ranks up to sergeant; and all minor penalties; and (c) the central board at the Police Headquarters, Accra, which has power to impose all penalties. Before it takes legal effect, a penalty imposed by a superior officer requires the approval of the regional board. Similarl…

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