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High Court has power to issue contempt summons – SC

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The Supreme Court says the Accra High Court has jurisdiction to summon Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong to appear before it to answer allegations of contempt against him.

This was contained in a 31-page judgement detailing the reasons why a five-member panel of the Supreme Court refused an application of the Assin Central Member of Parliament praying the Court to terminate the contempt proceedings against him by the Accra High Court.

On October 14 after carefully reviewing the processes filed together with the oral submissions by Counsel for the Applicant and Respondent, the Supreme Court by a unanimous decision, refused and dismissed the application by Mr Agyapong for certiorari to quash the order of Justice Wuntah Wuni directing him to appear before it to answer contempt charges.

The apex court stated that every division of the High Court, has power to issue contempt summons for persons to appear before it to answer to the charges of contempt., and to hold otherwise would be to pretend that the effects of contemptuous acts of individuals on any administrative division of the High Court, affects that administrative division alone.

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