REPULBIC
V.
ROSIE EBE ARTHUR

(2016) JELR 107692 (HC)    
High Court  ·  CASE NO. CR 127/2016 ·  11 May 2016 ·  Ghana
CORAM
KWEKU T. ACKAAH-BOAFO

JUDGMENT 

APPLICATION FOR COMMITTAL FOR CONTEMPT 

Introduction

[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] In National Union of Seamen v. TUC [1982-83] GLR 943, it was held that: “a refusal or neglect to do an act required by a court order within a specified time or the  disobedience to an order requiring a person to abstain from doing a specified act amounted  to a civil contempt.”

[3] 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.  

[4] Although Article 19(11) enacts that no per…

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