All Circuit and District courts in Ghana will begin to have sittings to rule on cases relating to personal liberties on holidays and weekends following an order by Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah
The order extends to periods of civil unrest so far as safety of individuals can be guaranteed.
The order which was issued on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, is the first major decision taken by the Chief Justice since assuming office earlier this year.
The order means there would be no instance where suspects are arrested and detained beyond 48 hours because courts did not sit on weekends and holidays for them to be arraigned.
The order said ”All Circuit and Districts Courts throughout the country are hereby designated to sit on public holidays, weekends and periods of civil unrest (where the safety of Judges/Magistrates, Court staff and court users can be guaranteed) to determine issues pertaining to personal liberty.”
It continues that ”Consequently, all Circuit Court Judges and Magistrates will sit on days so specified whenever they are informed by their respective Registrars that a case bordering on personal liberty has been filed to determine on any of the specified days,”
”The respective Registrars shall also inform the Court Staff to attend court on such days fixed for the hearing of such personal liberty cases.”
”The Supervising High Court Judges in all Regional capitals shall designate a Justice of the High Court to sit and determine any such case on personal liberty as and when his attention is drawn to the filing of such case by the Registrar of the court,” the order said.