A group of lawyers who had their training at the Institute of Legal Practice and Development (ILPD) in Rwanda has filed a suit against the General Legal Council and Ghana School of Law for preventing them from pursuing the Post-Call Law Course in Ghana.
According to the group, the Directorate of the Ghana School of Law denied them admission to pursue further studies in the Post-Call Law Course despite a reciprocity letter from the registrar of the Ghana School of Law.
The aggrieved lawyers believe they are being denied the opportunity to further their legal studies because of a turf war between the Director of the Ghana School of Law and the Registrar of the same institution.
In a suit filed at the High Court in Accra, the Rwanda-trained Ghanaian Lawyers are seeking the following key reliefs:
An order compelling the Defendants to admit the Plaintiffs to pursue the post-call training at the Ghana School of Law as contained in the letter of the Registrar of the Ghana School of Law dated 10th October 2017.
An order compelling the Defendants to make arrangements for the Plaintiffs to undergo a top-up training to make the Plaintiffs eligible for the post-call training at the Ghana School of Law
OR in the alternative
An order compelling the Defendants to pay an amount of US$5,000 with interest or its cedi equivalent to each of the Plaintiffs being compensation for the cost incurred in pursuing the training in Rwanda.
The lawyers say the issue has attracted criticism from the Rector of the Institute of Legal Practice and Development (ILPD) in Rwanda, Dr Didas Kayihura, who has questioned the basis of the Director of the Ghana School of Law, Erick Prempeh to downgrade the Rwandan legal system although it is advanced.
The group said despite various dialogues with the relevant parties in the matter, they still have not been permitted to further their legal education at the Ghana School of Law.
In their statement of claim, the group said, among other things that, “the position taken by the Defendants against the Plaintiffs is unlawful, inequitable and without basis and ought to be reversed by this Court. Plaintiffs say they have spent time and money to pursue the course in Rwanda and if the Defendants are not in a position to allow them to pursue the post-call training at the Ghana School of Law, then the Defendants be compelled to refund an average of $5,000 spent by each of the Plaintiffs to pursue the course in Rwanda.”