48-hour detention: Courts must sit on weekends, public holidays – Supreme Court rules

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The Supreme Court has in a unanimous decision ruled that courts are to sit on weekends and public holidays to deal with issues that affect personal liberty.

A private legal practitioner, Martin Kpebu, in September 2016 dragged the Attorney General to the apex court demanding a declaration that portions of the Holidays Act that bars the courts from dealing with cases that affect personal liberty are unconstitutional.

The court in its ruling also asked the judicial secretary to within six months make arrangements for overtime pay for officers of the courts, especially District courts, who will work on weekends and holidays for that purpose.

The court also directed the Chief Justice, the Inspector General of Police, Registrars of the various Courts to ensure that the ruling of the Court is brought to the attention of all interested parties to ensure its enforcement.

The ruling made by the seven-member panel presided over by Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo is to take effect in six months.

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