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Name: Chieftaincy Act, 2008 (Act No. 759).
Country: Ghana
Subject(s): Indigenous and tribal peoples
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 2008-06-16
Entry into force:
ISN: GHA-2008-L-88532
Bibliography: Legislation on-line Legislation on-line FAOLEX (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations) PDF of Law in English PDF of Law in English (consulted on 2011-11-18)
Abstract/Citation: This Act makes provision for local government in Ghana and the promotion, conservation and development of customary law.
There shall be a National House of Chiefs, which shall be instrumental in the development and conservation of law relative to chieftaincy and customary law. There shall also be Regional Houses of Chiefs which shall have functions of dispute resolution and compilation of customary law. Each traditional area shall have a Traditional Council and may have more than one Divisional Council. A Chief may act as arbitrator in disputes regarding customary law where parties consent to arbitration. The Act also provides rules relative to the (protection of) stool property including stool lands. There shall be established by the Administrator of Stool Lands a Stool Lands Account for each region.

Repeals the Chieftaincy Act, 1971 (Act No. 370).

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