Ghana’s 1960 Criminal Law archaic; Martin Kpebu pushes reforms

General News of Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Source: Myjoyonline.com

2018-05-30

Martin Kpebu, Private legal practitioner

Ghana’s basic law used for criminal prosecutions, the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29) is archaic, private legal practitioner, Martin Kpebu, has noted.

In a fast-moving society that is hugely dependent on technology, a law enacted almost six decades ago, should not be the basis for prosecutions, Kpebu argued while speaking on PM Express on JoyNews TV, Tuesday.

He remarked: “What kind of clairvoyance did our forefathers have that they could have in 1960, make provision for this law to last up to 2018?”

He is calling for “critical reforms” in order to speed up justice delivery in the country.

“We just haven’t started in that trajectory,” he told the host, Nana Ansah Kwaw IV.

“A lot of our stuffs are archaic,” Martin Kpebu said of the appalling conditions at some of the law courts where lawyers struggle to find seats to argue out cases on behalf their clients describing the situation as “so much of shame”.

According to him, the law regimes in the UK and US around which Ghana’s laws are modeled, “are centuries ahead of us so it will pay for us to go and see how they do it and then bring about reforms”.

He observed, the police, whose basic function is to maintain law and order, are over-burdened with the additional task of conducting investigations into cases and “that’s why cases will move slowly”.

The lawyer, therefore, suggested the recruitment dedicated investigators to free the police from carrying out such function and bring rapidity in delivery of justice.

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