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In 1853, an ordinance created courts to handle criminal and civil issues. In 1892, a criminal code was introduced in Ghana. The Criminal Code had originally been drafted in 1877, and was based on the English criminal code and common law tradition (Ellis, 1971; Kaplan et al, 1971; Daniels, 1964; Rubin and Murray, 1966).

On the 12 of January 1960 AN ACT to consolidate and amend the law relating to criminal offences in Ghana was passed.

The Act was amended in 2003 and in 2012 to include the offences of unlawful use of human parts, enforced disappearance, sexual exploitation, illicit trafficking in explosives, firearms and ammunition, participation in an organised criminal group, racketeering and to provide for related matters.

CRIMINAL OFFENCES ACT, 1960 (ACT 29) – PART ONE

CRIMINAL OFFENCES ACT, 1960 (ACT 29) – PART TWO

CRIMINAL OFFENCES ACT, 1960 (ACT 29) – PART THREE

CRIMINAL OFFENCES ACT, 1960 (ACT 29) – PART FOUR

CRIMINAL OFFENCES ACT, 1960 (ACT 29) – PART FIVE

CRIMINAL OFFENCES AMENDMENT 2012, ACT 849

CRIMINAL OFFENCES (AMENDMENTS) ACT 2003, ACT 646

READ ALSO >>> CRIMINAL PROCEDURE CODE 1960 (ACT 30)

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