The “immortal Justice VCRAC Crabbe” dies at 95

Justice VCRAC Crabbe

A former Supreme Court Judge of Ghana, V.C.R.A. C. Crabbe is reported dead at age 95.

He is said to have died Friday morning after a short illness……


Biography of Justice VCRAC Crabbe 

Vincent Cyril Richard Arthur Charles (V.C.R.A.C) Crabbe (born October 29, 1923) is a retired supreme court judge of Ghana and a former Professor of Lawat the University of West Indies.[1][2] Crabbe is currently a Professor of Law at Mountcrest University College in Accra.

Early life and education

Born on 29 October 1923 at Ussher town in Accra, Gold Coast, he was educated at the Government Junior and Senior Boys Schools in Accra.He attended the Accra Academy for the Cambridge Junior and Senior School Certificates . He went to London to study Economics at the City of London CollegeMoorgate, London 1950-1952.


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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.


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In between, he has 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 Indies.

Crabbe was 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 Ghana.

He worked with the Constitutional Review Commission of Kenya and was Leader of the group of Draftspersons who drafted the Kenya Constitution.

He did work the Zambian Constititional Commission for the drafting of the Zambian Constitution as well with the Fiajoe Review Commission for the review of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.With Justice P.N. Bhagwati, 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.

Elected a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and delivered an inaugural lecture on the 15th of March, 2017 on the theme; The Philosophy of Man.


Justice Crabbe’s demise at the ripe old age of 95 is a great loss to Ghana and Africa as a whole.

Think Ghana extend our sincerest condolences to the immediate family and Ghana as a whole.


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