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A day’s workshop had been held for Judicial Committee members of the National House of Chiefs in Kumasi

Addressing members of the committee, Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi ll, Sefwi Anwiasohene and president of the House said in the run up to the 2020 elections of leadership of the House, he promised to build the capacity of members should he win the elections. He said in order to fulfill that promise, the House have to start the training for the Judicial committee due to the COVID 19 pandemic and resources constraint and later extend it to cover the entire members. 

Ogyeahoho charged members to take the training serious in order to determine matters that are brought before them effectively.

His Lordship Justice Dennis Dominic Adjei, Justice of the court of Appeal and Senior Lecturer, Ghana School of Law who was one of the facilitators touched on the “Role of Chiefs as Judicial Officers”.

He said the people of Ghana through the Constitution of Ghana created the Superior Courts and gave power to Parliament to create the Lower Courts. Justice D. D. Adjei said Parliament by the Courts Act, 1993 (Act 459) created the lower courts which are: the Circuit Courts, District Courts, Juvenile Courts, the Judicial Committees of National and Regional Houses of Chiefs and the Traditional Councils. Justice D. D. Adjei said Chiefs who preside over these courts exercise judicial power and are therefore enjoined by law to operate within their jurisdiction by the fact that they were created as a lower court and cannot exercise any other jurisdiction not expressly conferred on them.

He said a judge is required to be a person of integrity and has not got a private life. He charged Nananom to be accountable since accountability is an important part of adjudication. 

Justice D. D. Adjei advised Chiefs on Judicial Committees to desist from Ex-parte communication and do well research before giving judgement.

 Other speakers were, Justice Kofi Akrowuah, Supervising High Court Judge, Ashanti Region and Ms. Ernestina K. Abraham, Council to the National House of Chiefs.

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The National House of Chiefs was established in 1969 under Article 154 of the 1969 Constitution. The Instrument covering the establishment of the House was enacted on the 17th September, 1971, that is the Chieftaincy Act 1971 (Act 370). The 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana and Chieftaincy Act 2008, Act 759 maintained the House. The House perform research, judicial, administrative, financial and advisory functions to all Chiefs in Ghana through the Regional Houses of Chiefs. 

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