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BEWARE Of These 5 Rules In Life, Number 4 Can Take You To Jail

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The Court Room is technically the theatre of the legal world where the law comes to life. It is the place where the Attorney exercises authority.

An experience that can never be forgotten. It is very fascinating in equal measure.

For anybody who has developed an interest in seeing the law in practice, but has has not attended before it will likely be slightly daunting.

I remember very well thinking that the multitude of formalities felt nothing short of alien.

For example, you may not leave the courtroom when judgment is being handed down.

I have provided below a list of what I consider to be the most important rules to obey while viewing court proceedings.

The list is not intended to be exhaustive.

Please be informed that they all carry equal merit.

RULES

1. Dress conservatively

Officially we don’t have any specific dress code for visitors to English courts.

Please bear in mind that an element of discretion should be applied.

It cannot be stressed enough that t-shirts or other items of clothing carrying potentially offensive or inappropriate slogans should be avoided.

The same can be said for shorts or any other material deemed revealing.

On a more serious note, headwear should not be worn unless for religious reasons.

It is very important that you feel comfortable, both literally and in yourself.

Often unpredictable, the length of a sitting ranges from a mere five minutes to an entire day.

This should be factored in when considering what to wear. In my suggestion layers work well.

2. Turn off all electronic devices

Before entering court room, make sure all your electronic devices are turned off.

The Central Criminal Court, or “Old Bailey”, outright bans the use of mobile phones and other electronic equipment.

This is not an uncommon practice applied to members of the public.

It is regarded as an offence to use mobile phones or undertake any recording of court proceedings.

If found guilty of contempt “in the face of” court, the defendant risks either a custodial sentence or fine of varying amounts, depending on the Act under which they are charged.

3. Bow to the Magistrate or Judge

Whenever you are entering or exiting the courtroom it is the “done thing” to bow to the Magistrate(s) or Judge(s).

This custom has a curious origin, owing itself to the presence of the Royal Arms which sits behind the bench where the judges or magistrates sit.

As people enter the room, whether court officials, lawyers or members of the public, it is customary to “bow” to the Royal Coat of Arms—and indirectly those presiding over the case.

This is done in recognition of the fact that justice stems from the Monarch and that law courts are part of the Royal Court.

Apart from the foregoing, you must also stand up from your seat when the judge or magistrate enters the room, “all rise” will be declared, in another show of respect for them as representatives of the Crown.

4. Avoid Eating or Drinking

Like the abovementioned on the use of electronic devices, eating and drinking in court is firmly prohibited and could leave you being held in contempt of court if you flout this ban.

If maybe for medical reasons you want to eat, the best thing to do is to silently excuse yourself from the courtroom and sort yourself out before re-entering.

Interestingly, the rule usually even extends to water. So if in doubt, check.

5. Note-taking

In line with the principle of open justice, note-taking is permitted in most court hearings.

It is a good practice to request for the permission of the judge beforehand, either by asking the court clerk on the day or making an enquiry prior to the hearing.

This is a courtesy rather than legal requirement however.

For some cases it might be that the judge announces note-taking is prohibited, or requests the public to leave the gallery where the forthcoming proceedings are not to be reported.

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QNET Limited Supports Ghana Police Hospital

The Managing Director of Rhinotrack Limited and Country Man Director of QNET Limited, Mr. George Anti-Ohene, has donated medical equipment to the Ghana Police Hospital on behalf of QNET Limited. The equipment include five (5) filled large 47.2 Kg Oxygen cylinders, three (3) Medical Regulators, Four (4) Wheelchairs and eleven (11) Crutches.

Mr. Anti-Ohene urged the Police hospital to put the equipment into good use to save lives as the company prepares to give more to assist in providing quality healthcare. ‘’I will be fulfilled to see that the items have saved at least one life’’, he added.

COP Mr. George Alex Mensah, Director-General Services who received the donation on behalf of the Police Administration expressed gratitude to QNET Limited and appealed to other philanthropists to emulate the example. He was joined by the Acting Medical Director, DCOP Dr. Ewusi-Emmim, the Hospital Administrator DCOP Mr. David Eklu, the Director Finance, ACP Mr. Osei Akoto Arthur and other police officers.

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The Police have arrested Vincent Tawiah, a 22year-old internet fraudster at Accra Mall for defrauding unsuspecting persons under the pretext of selling iPhones to them. He was arrested by officers of the National Police Operations Department on Monday 10th May, 2021.

Suspect’s modus is to advertise the iPhones on Instagram and other social media platforms for prices ranging from One Thousand One Hundred Ghana Cedis (GH1,100.00) to Five Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH5,000.00), less than the market prices of iPhones. When contacted by interested persons, he would ask them to send mobile money to the mobile phone account number 0551978205 registered in the name of Rhydale Addae.

Police used one of his victims as a bait to arrest him. Other victims have since come forward to identify Vincent Tawiah as having defrauded them. The Police are therefore asking persons who have also been defrauded by the suspect whose picture is attached to this story, to report to the National Operations Department at the Police Headquarters, Ring Road Accra or call 0238894764.

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Finance Ministry Signs GH₵382,000,000 Compact Agreement – ghanapublisher.com

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Ministry of Finance signs two compact agreements for post Covid-19 transformation with Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Trade & Industry.

On Tuesday, 11th May 2021, the Minister for Finance, Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture signed a two Compact Agreement.

The Ministry of Trade will receive Two hundred and Eighty two million Ghana cedis ( Ghs282,000,000.00) to pursue various interventions which includes: building Ghana’s light manufacturing industry, rolling out Agro processing and food import substitution, development of the pharmaceutical industry, support to distressed companies in strategic sectors, developing Ghana’s automotive products and improve access for Ghanaian exporters under AfCFTA.

The Ministry of Tourism will also benefit from an amount of One hundred Million Ghana Cedis ( GHC 100,000,000.00) which will be used for addressing: Ghana’s tourism infrastructure, transformation of our beaches, sector operators skills revitalization programmes, comprehensive marketing and brand promotion activities of our arts and culture among several others.

This funding supports are different from the Ministries 2021 budget rather, it forms part of measures under the Ghana CARES Obatampa program by President Akufo-Addo to get the economy back on track.

The Compact is a partnership agreement between the Ministry of Finance, as the Coordinating authority, and sector Ministries, under the supervision of the Inter-Ministerial Coordinating Committee (IMCC) to ensure effective and timely delivery of the targets set for the various Ministries under the CARES programme for the 2021 fiscal year.

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