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Vincent Cyril Richard Arthur Charles (V.C.R.A.C.) Crabbe

Vincent Cyril Richard Arthur Charles (V.C.R.A.C.) Crabbe

Vincent Cyril Richard Arthur Charles (V.C.R.A.C.) Crabbe was a Ghanaian jurist and public servant.

1923

Born
29 October 1923

Born

V.C.R.A.C. Crabbe was born on 29 October 1923 at Ussher town in Accra, Gold Coast to Richard Arthur Crabbe, the Chief Registrar of the Courts (the most senior staff of the Judicial Service of the Gold Coast), and his wife Stella Akoley Lartey.[3] Charles's father died eleven months after he was born.

1928

Education
11 July 1928

Education

Crabbe attended the Government Junior Boys' School and the Government Senior Boys' Schools, Kinbu from 1928 to 1938. In 1939 he entered Accra Academy at a time when a family relation, Samuel Azu Crabbe, was the school's headboy. There, he completed his secondary education in 1943

1948

Gold Coast Police Force
30 June 1948

Gold Coast Police Force

Crabbe started working at the Gold Coast Police Force Headquarters as a Second Division Clerk. Crabbe was tasked with infiltrating the mob during the riots in February 1948 to acquire information for the Police Service. He pursued an intermediate Bachelor of Arts degree via correspondence with Wolsey Hall, Oxford, while working as a police officer.

1957

Assistant Crown Counsel
10 July 1957

Assistant Crown Counsel

In 1955, Crabbe began working as an Assistant Crown Counsel for Ghana's Attorney-General's Office. He wrote the laws, ordinances, and acts of parliament that were approved by the National Assembly on the night of Ghana's independence day on March 6, 1957, along with the New Zealand attorney Fred Boyce

1958

Ghana School of Law
09 July 1958

Ghana School of Law

Crabbe served as a tutor and lecturer at the Ghana School of Law from 1958 to 1963, when he moved for Uganda

1966

Parliamentary counsel
13 July 1966

Parliamentary counsel

He was elevated to the post of first parliamentary counsel on June 1, 1958, making him the first African to hold the position of parliamentary counsel (state attorney). He was given the position of Head of Drafting at Ghana's Ministry of Justice, where he was in charge of creating the laws that Ghana's first National Assembly would enact. President Nkrumah sent him on a trip to Uganda in 1963, where he served as the government of Uganda's first legislative counsel and constitutional advisor while also writing the constitution for Uganda in 1966.

1969

 Electoral commissioner
03 July 1969

Electoral commissioner

On his return from Uganda, he was named provisional electoral commissioner of Ghana in August 1968 to oversee the elections in 1969. Ghana's first-ever election commission was established by Crabbe. Additionally, he worked as a legislative draftsman for the 1969 Constituent Assembly, which created the 1969 Constitution of Ghana, and a special commissioner to the 1969 Constitutional Commission.

1970

09 July 1970

Supreme Court

Shortly after his return from Uganda, on December 16, 1966, Crabbe was named a high court judge. He was appointed as Ghana's Interim Electoral Commissioner in 1968 while holding the position of Justice of the Court Appeal.

1979

05 July 1979

Constitution of Ghana

Crabbe was chairman of the 1979 Constituent Assembly of Ghana which drafted the 1979 Constitution of Ghana

2018

Death
10 July 2018

Death

He died at the age of 94 on 7 September 2018 in Accra, Ghana

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