Ghana entered the centenary of its legal year on Friday (1 October) with a colourful ceremony at the Supreme Court in the capital, Accra.
GV: Supreme court building, Accra, Ghana.
GV band playing.
CU: guards. (2 shots)
SV: Chief Justice Samuel Crabbe inspects guard of honour.
SV: Judges and lawyers filing into court (2 shots)
SV: Ghanian coat of arms over court doorway.
SV: head of state General Ignatius Acheampong and Crabbe and other members of legal profession seated.
SCU: Crabbe addressing audience. (7 shots)
CHIEF JUSTICE CRABBE: "We are here this morning to pay homage to the spirit of laws. To thank our ancestors for their patience, perseverance and steadiness of resolve in the pursuit of justice through law and to draw attention to a landmark in the history of the law, an institution of human society, which, by an irony of human nature, runs its greatest risk, that of being altogether ignored when it is most successful in keeping the peace in human society."
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Background: Ghana entered the centenary of its legal year on Friday (1 October) with a colourful ceremony at the Supreme Court in the capital, Accra.
SYNOPSIS: To mark the event, legal leaders from all over the world flew into Accra to help the Ghanians celebrate the milestone. Although the ceremony was kept simple, bands and members of the ceremonial guards were on hand to lend the pomp and ceremony such occasions deserve. When Ghana's Chief Justice, Samuel Azu Crabbe, arrived he inspected the guard of honour before he and the numerous judges present filed into the courthouse.
Head of State, general Ignatius Acheampong, was among those who heard Mr. Grabbe speak.