Lawyer seeks to nullify new court fees in criminal matters

LawMr Mathias Kwasi Yakah, a lawyer and human rights advocate, has announced his intention to sue the Attorney General and the Judicial Service for wrongfully applying and charging the fees of C.I.86 in criminal matters.

According to him, apart from the illegality of the charges, it has far reaching dare consequences on the criminal justice delivery in the country.

He said most poor people cannot afford the high and illegal fees which would one way or the other jeopardize their chances of accessing justice in criminal matters which is at the heart of human rights and freedoms.

In a statement signed and issued to the Ghana News Agency in Tema, he said “ ..I intend to bring a civil suit against the Attorney General and the Judicial Service to stop and prohibit the Registrars and cashiers from charging and applying the fees of C.I. 86 in criminal matters.”

“..and for a declaration that the application of civil proceedings( fees and allowances) Amendment Rules 2014 to criminal proceedings is unconstitutional, illegal and null and void and of no legal effect.”

Source: GNA

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