Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame

As the controversy surrounding this year’s Ghana School of Law admission rages on, Attorney General and Minister for Justice Godfred Yeboah Dame says law practice is a privilege and must not be misconstrued as a right.

Speaking at the induction ceremony of new executives of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) earlier this week, Godfred Dame tasked the new executives of the association to ensure the maintenance of standards in the profession.

“Mr President and new executives, you owe a duty to drive home the point that the practice of law is not a right, it is a privilege. Along with it comes a moral obligation and a legal duty to uphold the dignity of the profession to ensure that the privileged call to the bar is not abused through unprincipled and disreputable conduct.”

“Standards of practice have declined to their lowest depths, and I speak from experience of what I witnessed in the Supreme Court last week in the conduct of some lawyers in certain cases that they handled. Ethics is virtually thrown to the dogs in the dishonourable quest of some lawyers to win a case”, he continued.

Godfred Dame wants the new leadership of the Ghana Bar Association to instill discipline at the bar and to ensure that members uphold high standards as lawyers.

Meanwhile, Minority MPs at the forefront of a private members bill to reform legal education in Ghana have been pushing back on criticisms of their proposed reforms.

Director of Legal Education at the Ghana School of Law Professor Kwasi-Prempeh-Eck whilst inspecting ongoing works at the Law School village in the company of journalists noted that he disagreed with the proposal to remove the Chief Justice and other Supreme Court judges from the General Legal Council.

Just this week, prominent lawyer and Member of the Council of State, who is also a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council described the MPs as jokers and their proposals as a joke.

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