About the Editor-In-Chief

Seth Yeboa Bimpong-Buta, FGA, LLB (Ghana), LLM (Lond), LLD (Unisa), Barrister-at-Law, of Lincoln’s Inn, London was born in Accra on June 4, 1940, a native of Nyankumsi Ahenkro in theAssin South District of the Central Region of Ghana. He is the eldest son of Mr Samuel Birikorang SB Bimpong-Buta and Madam Araba Akyere both deceased who hailed from Nyankumasi Ahenkro. He was educated at Adisadel College, Cape Coast; University of Ghana, Legon; King’s College, University of London; the Inns of Court School of Law, Gray’s Inn, London. He was called to the Ghana Bar in 1967 and the Bar of England and Wales in 1987. He obtained his Doctor of Laws Degree (LLD) from University of South Africa (UNISA) Pretoria in 2005.

He was elevated to the status of SeniorAdvocate of Ghana (SAG) by the General Legal Council of the Ghana Bar Association in December 1988. Hehas been the founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the Supreme Court of Ghana Law Reports from 30 April 1998 to date. He was the substantive Director of Legal Education and Head of the Ghana School of Law from 1 July 1992 until 4 June 2005 when he attained the compulsory retiring age. He was also formerly the Executive Director of the Ghana Legal Aid Board 1992-1995. He served in the Council for Law Reporting continuously for 20 years (1972-1992) where he was Editor of the Ghana Law Reports and the Review of Ghana Law for ten years – (1982-1992). He was also the Consultant and the Editor of The Gambia Law Reports for two years (2001-2003) on secondment from the Ghana School ofAbout the Editor-In-Chief Law under the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation (CFTC). In May 1992, he was awarded the Ghana Council for Law Reporting 20th Anniversary Special Award for distinguished, dedicated and meritorious services to the Legal Profession in Ghana.

He was again honoured by the conferment on him of a certificate of Merit by the Ghana Bar Association at its Annual Conference held at Sunyani on 1st October 2001 for distinctive contribution to legal education in Ghana. On 9th November 2002, he was also honoured with a Citation by the Adisadel College Old Boy’s Association at its 2nd Excellence Award Night at the State House, Accra. He has a chain of publications in Law Journals including: The Review of Ghana Law, The Ghana School of Law Journal, the Journal of African Law, University of London, Commonwealth Law Bulletin, Law and Religion (2005) (a publication of the Ghana Academy of Arts & Sciences) and Ghana Policy Journal, 2007 (a publication of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Accra, Ghana. He edited and contributed to the Book: Lectures in Continuing Legal Education (1933-94), published by Ghana BarAssociation,Accra, 1997.

Apart from being the Editor/Publisher of eleven volumes of the Supreme Court of Ghana Law Reports covering the years 1996 to 2010; Dr S Y Bimpong-Buta is the publisher of six books in Ghana, operating as Advanced Legal Publications. The books are: The Law of Interpretation in Ghana (Exposition and Critique) ISBN 9988-7586- 0-X, Accra 1995 by S Y Bimpong-Buta; The Different Roles of a Barrister ISBN 9988-7586-1-8, Accra, 2000 by Hon Mr Justice G E K Aikins, retired Justice of the Ghana Supreme Court; and formerly the Hon Attorney-General and Secretary of Justice 1982-1990; The Role of Supreme Court of Ghana Law Reports the Supreme Court in the Development of Constitutional Law in Ghana ISBN 9988-7586-2-6,Accra, 2007 authored by the publisher, Dr S Y Bimpong-Buta; The Law of Chieftaincy in Ghana ISBN 9988- 7586-3-4, Accra, 2008 by Hon Mr Justice S A Brobbey, Justice of the Ghana Supreme Court; The Vehicle Owner and Driver: The Law and Conventions on Road Transport ISBN 9988-7586-4-2, Accra, 2010 by Mr J M Y Amegashie, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority; and Practice and Procedure in the Trial Courts and Tribunals (Second Edition) ISBN 9988-7586-5-10, Accra2011by Hon Mr S A Brobbey. Dr S Y Bimpong-Buta’sbook, The Law of Interpretation in Ghana (Exposition and Critique) won the Honourable Mention Award in the prestigious 1996 Noma Award for publishing in Africa. The book on Interpretation is the basic textbook being used by students at the Ghana School of Law and by most legal practitioners in Ghana. It has been cited by the Supreme Court in a number of cases as an authority on statutory interpretation in Ghana. He was also the recipient of the1 996 GhanaBookAward. Healsowonthe Special CommendationAward for the 2008 NomaAward for Publishing in Africa for his book: The Role of the Supreme Court in the Development of Constitutional Law in Ghana it is the basic textbook in Constitutional Law at the Ghana School of Law and the Faculties of Law at University of Ghana, Legon and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

He was awarded the Adisadel College Centenary Award at the final Centenary Celebration at the College in Cape Coast in June 2010. He has been the Editor/Contributor of the Daily Graphic Law Reports Digest featuring recent publications of the Ghana Supreme Court being published on every Thursday of the Week from January 2009 to date. He was elected a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts & Sciences on 26 June 1997. He served in 2001 as the Interim Honorary Secretary of the Academy. He was also a Member of the governing Council of the Academy for a two-year term __ 2004- 2006. He is currently a member of the governing Council of the Medical and Dental Council. He was the Executive Committee Member for West Africa of the Commonwealth Legal Association (CLEA) from 1999- 2007. He was elected as the Vice President (for life) of the (CLEA) at its Conference held in Kenya in September 2007. He is married with three adult daughters and has five grandsons.

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