Delivering her ruling before a packed court at the Winneba High Court on Monday, November 18, Justice Janapare Bartels explained the university is not an adjudicating body or a quasi-judicial body to be governed by the prerogative writs.

“Article 12 of the 1992 constitution is clear in its tenets of pitching the prerogative writ only against judicial or quasi-judicial bodies. It must also be noted that order 55 of CI 47 only states the procedure by which one can come to court.

“Therefore, when one’s grievances do not fall under article 12, same cannot be cured by order 55 of CI 47,” she read.

She added, “the laws of Ghana give special attention to administrative decisions especially regarding public institutions and it is for this reason that order 55 of CI 47 makes provision for the use of administrative orders such as certiorari, mandamus, quo-warranto, habeas corpus, Prohibition and injunction.”

The University’s legal team prayed the court to award a cost of GH₵30,000 against the applicant but the court rather awarded GH₵5,000 against the applicant.

Counsel for the applicant, Alex Afenyo Markin, was not in court.