Accession Number:

ADA439864

Title:

Comparative Study: The Military Justice System in Ghana and the United States (Pre-Trial Through Post-Trial): Need for Reforms in Ghana's Military Justice System

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2001-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

94.0

Abstract:

My thesis examined the military justice system in Ghana and made proposals towards reforming the system. In order to put the examination in the right context, the paper traced the history of the civilian justice system together with the military justice system and showed areas where the two systems cooperated. Both systems were founded on the English common law. Part II of the paper highlighted the colonial administration of the British and the introduction of the English judicial system into then Gold Coast. It may be noted that the development of the Ghana Armed Forces had its roots in the West African Frontier Force established by the British to maintain security around their settlements in the coastal areas of the present central regions of Ghana. Initially, it was the British Army Act of l955 which was used to administer the military. After Ghana achieved her independence in 1957, the Armed Forces Act was enacted. It created various offenses and military tribunals to deal with offenders. Regulations were also made which detailed the procedures to be used at various service tribunals. At present there are four service tribunals two disciplinary boards at battalion and brigade levels exercise summary jurisdiction in certain cases and two courts-martial.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE