Court sentences are too lenient or too harsh - Chief Justice

Court sentences are too lenient or too harsh - Chief Justice

Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo has stated that the sentences handed down by some lower court judges to persons found guilty of various crimes across the country are either lenient or overly harsh, and not in line with judicial guidelines.

The chief justice in an internal memo sighted by 3news.com complained about the increasing practice among magistrates and other lower court judges.

She indicating that these sentences usually did not commensurate with the crimes committed.

Court sentences are too lenient or too harsh - Chief Justice

Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo Source: UGC
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“Increasingly, I am receiving reports of sentences being passed by magistrates and judges, which are not in line with sentencing guidelines,” she said in the March 12-memo addressed to all supervisory High Court judges.

“Some of these [sentences] are either too lenient or overly harsh and out of proportion to the offence,” she added.

To prevent further errors in law, the CJ has directed the supervisory High Court judges to take up the matter and ensure that the practice is nipped in the bud.

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