Criminal Procedure

Academics

COURSE OUTLINE- 2016/2017

  1. Constitutional and Individual Rights
    1. Right to life-Article 13
    2. Right to personal liberty-Article 14
    3. Right human Dignity-Article 15
    4. Fair Trial-Article 19
  2. The Powers of the Police
    1. Arrest and search (s.3-21 of the Criminal and Other Offences Act, 1960 (Act30)
  3. Institution of Proceedings (s. 60-61 of Act 30)
    1. Summons (s. 2-70, 832,83,87, of Act 30)
    2. Warrant of Arrest (S. 71-87 of Act 30)
    3. Search Warrants (S.88-95 of Act 30)
  4. The Attorney – General
    1. Nolle Prosequi (S. 54-55 of Act 30)
    2. Withdrawal (S. 59 of Act 30)
  5. The criminal jurisdiction of the Coourts in Ghana (S. 23-49 of the Courts Act, 1993, Act 459)
    1. District Court
    2. Juvenile Court
    3. Circuit Court
    4. High Court
    5. Reginal Tribunal
    6. Court of Appeal
    7. Supreme Court
  6. Territorial jurisdiction of the courts in Ghana (Criminal jurisdiction) (S. 56 of the Courts Act 1993, (Act 459))
  7. Bail (S. 96-103 of Act 30)
    1. Police enquiry bail
    2. Bail pending Trial
    3. Bail pending Appeal
    4. Forfeiturek of recognizance (S. 104 of Act 30)
    5. Security for keeping the peace and for Behaviour. (S. 22-38 of Act 30)
  8. Drafting of the charges (S. 109-112 of Act 30)
    1. Charge sheet
  9. Defenses
    1. Alibi (S.131 of Act 30)
    2. Previous acquittal or conviction (Autre fois convict/acquit) (S. 113-117 of Act 30)
    3. Lunacy of Accuse and Defense of Lunacy (S. 133-138 of Act30)
  10. Evidence on omission (S. 124-128 of Act 30 )
  11. Preservation of Testimony in certain cases (S.194-197 of Act 30)
  12. Modes of trial
    1. Summary Trial (part 111-S. 163-177 of Act 30)
    2. Trial on Indictment (part IV- S. 181-286)
  13. Punishment (part VI-S. 294-303 of Act 30)
  14. Appeals (part VIII-S. 325-333)
  15. Juvenile justice system (juvenile justice Act, 2003, Act 653)