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Activities of the House are carried out through the Committee system.  At the moment there are eight (8) main Committees in the House with different functions. These Committees are as follows;

The Standing Committee of the House is made up of all the Presidents of the various Regional Houses of Chiefs. Other members of the Committee are the Chairmen of the various Committees and former President(s) of the House. The Standing Committee serves as the highest decision making body of the House after the General body of the House.

The Research and Traditional Affairs Committee of the House is made up of Vice Presidents of all the Regional Houses of Chiefs. The Vice President of the National House of Chiefs is an ex-officio member of the Committee.

The Research and Traditional Affairs Committee among others deliberates on matters including petitions referred to it by the President and advice the House accordingly through the Standing Committee. The Committee also vets Chieftaincy Declaration Forms of Chiefs received from the Regional Houses and make recommendations to the House through the Standing Committee for entry of the names of the affected chiefs into the National Register of Chiefs.

The Land, Natural Resources and Environment Committee handles all matters on land, natural resources and environment either referred to the House by the government or any organization or institution; or initiated by the House and makes recommendations for the consideration of the House through the Standing Committee.
The Legal Affairs Committee is in charge of the legal affairs of the House and it advises the House on Legal matters. All legal matters from within and without are referred to the Committee for discussion and advice.
The Finance and Infrastructure Committee is mandated to study and approve estimates of the House for onward submission to the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs for incorporation into the Ministry’s budget. It is also mandated to source for funds from corporate bodies and government agencies for the operations and activities of the House as well as address matters relating to the welfare of the staff.
The Governance and Development Committee of the House is mandated to propose to the National House of Chiefs appropriate input into the National Budget, aside from the annual estimates of the House. The Committee is also tasked to advice the government on development and governance matters and also monitors the implementation of government projects as well as advice the House on how to support chiefs in the country to initiate developmental projects in their communities.

The External Relations Committee of the House among other things is mandated to collect, collate and study views from the government, individuals and the general public about the National and Regional Houses of Chiefs and the institution of Chieftaincy in general appearing in the mass media and react to if such views as appear to be detrimental to the work of the National and Regional Houses of Chiefs or will have unfavorable effect on the institution of chieftaincy as a whole.

Also the Committee is required to publish major activities of the House in the print and electronic in order to highlight the important role Chieftaincy plays in National Affairs. The Committee also engages with external bodies/institutions as partners of development.

There are four (4) sets of Judicial Committees. Each of the Committee is entrusted to hear cases from specific Regional House of Chiefs. A member from a Region is not appointed to serve on a Judicial Committee hearing cases from his region or a region with similar cultural or traditional values.

The four sets of Judicial Committees are indicated below;
  1. Cases from Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions are heard by one set of five chiefs from Northern, Central, Western and Upper East Regions.
  2. Cases from Central, Volta and Western Regions are heard by another set of members from Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and Greater Accra Regions
  3. Cases from Eastern, Upper West, and Greater Accra Regions are heard by a set of members from Upper East, Brong Ahafo, Northern and Central Regions.
  4. Cases from Northern and Upper East Regions are heard by the last set of members from Volta, Upper West, Greater Accra and Central Region.

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The National House of Chiefs was established in 1969 under Article 154 of the 1969 Constitution. The Instrument covering the establishment of the House was enacted on the 17th September, 1971, that is the Chieftaincy Act 1971 (Act 370). The 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana and Chieftaincy Act 2008, Act 759 maintained the House. The House perform research, judicial, administrative, financial and advisory functions to all Chiefs in Ghana through the Regional Houses of Chiefs. 

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