CJ sets up ‘Special’ courts to prosecute defaulters of TV licence fees

Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo has set up a special court to prosecute individuals who will  default in the payment of their TV license fee.

This follows a request made to the judiciary by Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) Director-General, Dr. Kwame Akuffo Anoff-Ntow in November this year.

In a letter sighted by Today, and dated December 11, 2017  the request by the boss of the state broadcaster had been granted.

The courts, which will be in all the ten regions, will start sitting on January 4, 2018, the document read.

“The Courts located in the regions are to sit every Thursday with effect from 4th January, 2018 until otherwise directed. The time for the court sitting is 8:30am to 4pm,” the memo indicated further.

GBC in February last year  resumed the collection of TV license fee after it was suspended for more than two decades.

Dealers in television sets will pay GH¢5 per month, while commercial license users will pay GH¢3 per month for a television set. The payment will double based on the number of devices.

Attempts to charge Ghanaians for owning television sets have not been successful, but the creation of the special court will bolster such efforts in the future.

Section 1(a) of Television Licensing (Amendment) Law, 1991 states as follows: “Any person who contravenes any provision of this law or regulation shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year.”

 

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