This note, using the provisions in Article 11(1) of the constitution, discusses the constitution as the supreme source of Ghanaian law
This note will discuss the ideas of Hans Kelsen on the legal effects of a coup d'état or a revolution on a legal system.
This note discusses the history, composition, and jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Ghana.
This note discusses the concept of constitutionalism with relevant scholarly insights, Ghanaian cases and constitutional provisions.
Barak in Begin and the Rule of Law discussed 3 types of Rule of Law. This note focuses on the formal rule of law.
This note discusses the concept of separation of powers, four assumptions underpinning the concept, and separation of powers in the light of case law.
Examines amendment of entrenched and non-entrenched provisions, the role of the arms of gov't in amendment, the basic structure doctrine, limitations in amendment, and the need for amendment.
This note provides an introduction to the chieftaincy institution in Ghana by examining the meaning of chief and the evolution of the chieftaincy institution from pre-colonial times to modern Ghana.
Examines the jurisdiction of various judicial bodies (courts, houses of chiefs, traditional and divisional councils) in chieftaincy matters.
This note outlines various events that have shaped 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
This note discusses the early periods of British involvement with the Gold Coast and the legal effects of the company of merchants, the letters patent, and the committee of merchants.
This note discusses the legal effects of the British Settlement Act and the Foreign Jurisdiction Act of 1843 in the Gold Coast
This note discusses the bond of 1844 as an agreement between the British Crown and eight Fante chiefs. The agreement had the primary effect of recognizing British exercise of jurisdiction, in addition to other legal effects.
This note briefly introduces the Royal Charter of 1850, which has become known as the 1850 Constitution. The note reveals that under the 1850 Constitution, the Executive and Legislative Councils were brought into being, and the Supreme Court Ordinance and Poll Tax Ordinance were also made.
Under the 1850 Constitution, a Legislative Council was established. This note discusses that council in terms of composition, its powers, mode of operation, and how it reflects the principles of separation of powers, constitutionalism, among others.
Under the 1850 Constitution, an Executive Council was established. This note discusses that council in terms of composition, mode of operation, and how it fails to reflect the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances; the advisory role of the Executive Council and how it mirrors the present-day cabinet; and how the 1850 Constitution goes contrary to the freedom of religion under the 1992 Constitution, among others.
This note discusses why there was the need to impose a poll tax, the formation of the Legislative Assembly of Native Chiefs and its jurisdiction, the imposition of a poll tax by the Legislative Assembly of Native Chiefs, why the poll tax failed, and the poll tax ordinance through a constitutional lens.
Under the 1850 Constitution, through the Supreme Court Ordinance of 1853, the Supreme Court was created. This note discusses its jurisdiction, powers of judicial review, the Governor's power of appointing the Chief Justice and how that reflects under the 1992 Constitution among others