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Court Registrar sacked for allegedly preparing fraudulent court orders



Sebastian Agbo, the Registrar of the Land Division of the High Court in Tema, has been fired by the Judicial Service for his involvement in fraudulent activities.

His dismissal was contained in a notice issued on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, issued under the signature of Justice Cynthia Pamela Addo, the Judicial Secretary.

The dismissal took effect on May 18, 2023.

“The General Public and Staff of the Judicial Service are hereby informed that Mr. Sebastian Agbo formerly of the Land Court, Tema was dismissed from the Judicial Service of Ghana on 18th May 2023 for fraudulently preparing thirty (30) Court orders, a major offense under Section 37(a) of the Conditions of Service for Senior and Junior Employees of the Judicial Service. In view of the ongoing, Mr. Sebastian Agbo no longer represents the Judicial Service.

“All persons who deal with him, therefore, do so at their own peril. Please be advised accordingly,” the statement added.

The dismissal comes after the Supreme Court referred a case involving the estate of a deceased pastor to the Chief Justice to investigate the conduct of the judge and a Court Registrar involved in that case.

In a unanimous decision Tuesday [June 6, 2023], a five-member panel of the apex court, presided over by Justice Jones Dotse, said the antecedents of the case cast a slur on the integrity of the judicial system.

The court, through the referral, urged the Chief Justice to investigate Justice Emmanuel Ankamah, who presided over the case at the High Court in Tema in 2022 but is now a Justice of the Court of Appeal, and the then Registrar of the High Court in Tema, Sabastian Agbo.

The Daily Graphic Newspaper reported that “In our collective wisdom, we deem it appropriate to refer this case to the Chief Justice to cause further investigations into the conduct of the learned trial judge and Sebastian Agbo, then Registrar of the High Court, Tema under whose tenure the sordid affairs happened.

This should cover all officers who played any role in this shameful specie of conduct,” the court said.
The decision was the valedictory judgment of Justice Jones Dotse, who retires Thursday [June 8, 2023].

The other Justices on the panel were Avril Lovelace-Johnson, Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu, Henrietta Mensah Bonsu, and Emmanuel Yonny Kulendi.


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