SC Poised To Assign Licensed Surveyors To Courts To Assist with Issues Regarding Plans  and Maps — Chief Justice

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Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana, His Lordship Justice Anin Yeboah

The Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana, His Lordship Justice Anin Yeboah, has pointed out that the Supreme Court is ready to assign some of the licensed surveyors to courts to assist the judges to understand the plans or maps before hearing and in some cases conduct an independent survey for contesting parties.

“In these days of your modern equipment like drones and LiDAR, we are sure adjudication processes would be more convenient, fast, and easy to interpret with graphics. Licensed surveyors can help create a digitized land-litigated database that would connect judgment from different courts on the same piece of land,” he noted.

According to Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana, His Lordship Justice Anin Yeboah such an information system would prevent duplication of efforts and ease of understanding the issues surrounding the same land under contention for several years.

He furthered that the new land Act 2020 is another important step at harmonizing the existing laws governing land registration and the explicit role of licensed surveyors.

I also call on Licensed surveyors to also take the renewal of their licenses each year seriously since failure to do so has an implication for the plans you sign.

Speaking at the 4th Seminar and Annual General Meeting of the Licensed Surveyors Association of Ghana (LiSAG), held at AH Hotel, East Legon the Chief Justice also called on LiSAG to deepen their collaboration with the judiciary.

” I know you have begun some engagements and I urge you to design capacity-building workshops to train judges on the rudiments of your practice and the changing phase you so espouse.

The changing phase also means a new way of working with the judiciary to ensure sanity in land registration since the cadastral plan is one of the foremost documents to be relied on for the transactions.”

According to him, there are a lot of armchair licensed surveyors or better still roadside ones who only sign plans for paltry amounts without recourse to the repercussions of their actions.

Saying the courts have seen so many bad and ill-prepared cadastral plans, to say the least. Though some of these plans are forged a good number of it was done without the circumspection and professionalism it requires from the licensed surveyors.

Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana indicated in his speech read by Justice Paul Baffoe-Bonnie, the Supreme Court Judge that the sanctions regime on the misconduct of licensed surveyors is replete in the laws.

He said they shall not shirk to exact it in as much as the sector is bedeviled with avoidable cases and the licensed surveyor can not be excused.

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His Lordship Justice Anin Yeboah’s Keynote address, he charged LiSAG to have an Ethics and disciplinary committee that would peer review the work of colleague LS and, bring to book the ones not following the standards of practice. Punitive internal measures can be exacted on members not conforming to standards.

“It is a shame to sometimes realize many of our land issues are due to spatial measurements and wrong interpretation by different surveyors picking the same land. We have recently jailed a lot of the quack surveyors marauding around and causing problems as qualified surveyors.

“We shall continue to do our part to ensure we weed out these ‘goro boys’. However, my dear friends, who sign these plans for the so-called boys?

Their network and linkages are unbelievable as such you may have to design a sophisticated regime of instrumentation and identification that breaks their chain of conniving with key actors to have land registered,”   he queries.

The 4th Seminar and Annual General Meeting of Licensed Surveyors Association of Ghana LiSAG was held under the theme: ” The Changing Phase of Cadastral Surveying for Effective Land Management”.

The AGM was attended by, Justice Paul Baffoe-Bonnie the Supreme court Judge representing His Lordship Justice Anin Yeboah the Cheif Justice of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Ing. Nana Ato Arthur, Head of local government service, Mr. Francis Manu Adabor, the chairman of Parliamentary select committee on Lands and Forestry and others.


Report By Bernard K DADZIE

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