A former Director of the Ghana Law School has predicted that the new Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin-Yeboah will confront the problems of legal education “with some human face.”
Kwaku Ansa-Asare said Justice Anin-Yeboah will approach the mass failures at the entry and exit points at the law school differently from how his predecessor, Sophia Akuffo did.
Making a football reference in Twi, he told JoyNews’ PM Express programme Wednesday that CJ Anin-Yeboah is not going to say like the former CJ did, that you almost scored but you didn’t.
“That is going to be the point of departure between the immediate past Chief Justice and the new Chief Justice,” he said.
Citing the recent 93% failure at the entrance exam of the Ghana School of Law, Mr. Ansa-Asare said “the situation is not even good for the image of the nation.”
He added “we need a fair and bold judge” to effect the reforms, adding the new CJ is such a figure.
However, former CJ, Sophia Akuffo, speaking at her valedictory ceremony, said her successor is much more of a stickler to the rules than she is.
Justice Akuffo (Rtd), in her then capacity as Chairperson of the General Legal Council which is responsible for governing legal education, had stated that there would not be mass production of lawyers under her tenure.
Former CJ, Sophia Akuffo
Her comments were in reaction to calls to open up legal education after critics said the current system kept the many people seeking legal education out.
She indicated the standards of the profession had to be upheld.
Her critics, however, pointed out mass production of lawyers does not equal lowering the standards of the legal profession, insisting that the system need reforms.
The students who are most affected have embarked on a number of protests to register their concerns, the most recent one, a demonstration which was marred by armed police.
The law enforcers shoot the protesting law students with rubber bullets and sprayed them with water from their canons.
The police said the students were out of order but critics rejected the claims, arguing videos from the scene show the police used excessive force on the protestors.
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