Accra, Sept. 25, GNA – Former Supreme Court
Justice Professor Vincent Cyril Richard Arthur Charles (V.C. R. A. C.) Crabbe
will be laid to rest on Thursday, October 4, after a State Funeral Service at
the Fore Court of the State House, Accra.
A statement issued to the Ghana News Agency,
which was signed by Mr Richard Crabbe, on behalf of Crabbe and Allied families,
on Tuesday, said he would be given a private burial after the service.
The Sole Statute Law Revision Commissioner and
founder of the Electoral Commission, who contributed tremendously to legal
reforms and education in Ghana and beyond, died on Friday, September 7, after a short illness, aged 94.
The family said on the day of the funeral, a
two-hour pre-burial filing past, would begin at 0630, while the service would
start at 0900 hours at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC).
After the burial, the final funeral rites and
reception would be held at the AICC.
The Retired Supreme Court Justice, hailed as
one the best legal brains Ghana could boast of, was until his passing, a
professor of Law at the Mountcrest University College in Accra.
The Parliament of Ghana had recently engaged
the legal luminary to help with the setting up of a legal and drafting
department for the House.
The Department is to assist the Legislature
with counsel on internal and external issues as well as help with the drafting
of Bills, especially the Private Member’s Bill, which the House seeks to
He co-chaired the Coalition of Domestic and
Election Observers, CODEO.
Justice Crabbe also carried Ghana’s flag very
high internationally playing many critical roles, including being a director of
the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Scheme for Legislative Draftsmen for West, East,
Southern and Central Africa as well the Caribbean.
He was born on 29 October 1923 at Ussher
Town in Accra, Gold Coast.
educated at the Government Junior and Senior Boys Schools in Accra and
proceeded to the Accra Academy for the Cambridge Junior and Senior School
Certificates. He went to London to study Economics at the City of London
College Moorgate, London 1950-1952.
In August 1952, he was admitted to the
Honourable Society of the Inner Temple to read Law. He completed the normal
three-year course in two years and was called to the Bar on the 8th February,
1955 having being granted a dispensation.
The same year he was enrolled as a member of
the Gold Coast Bar in order to maintain his Seniority at the Bar. He progressed
from Assistant Crown Counsel to Parliamentary Counsel, the first African to be
appointed as such and ended up as a Senior Instructor at the International Law
Development Centre in Rome, Italy.
In between, he held the post of First
Parliamentary Counsel and Constitutional Advisor to the Uganda Government, Director
of the Commonwealth Secretariat Scheme for Legislative draftsmen for the West
African Region, Southern Africa Region, the Caribbean Region and a Professor of
Legislative drafting at the Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, University of West
Justice Crabbe was a Special Commissioner to
the 1968 Constitutional Commission; Legislative Draftsmen to the 1969
Constituent Assembly which drafted the 1969 Constitution of Ghana. He was the
Chairman of the 1979 Constituent Assembly and drafted the 1979 Constitution of
He worked with the Constitutional Review
Commission of Kenya and was Leader of the group of Draftspersons who drafted
the Kenya Constitution. He worked for the Zambian Constitutional Commission,
which drafted the Zambian Constitution and also with the Fiajoe Review
Commission for the review of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
He worked with Justice P.N. Bhagwati, a former
Chief Justice of India and Justice Eso of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to
advise on the setting up of the Constitutional Court in South Africa.