Be ADR Advocates-CJ Tells Newly Qualified Lawyers

The Lady Chief Justice, Justice Sophia A. B. Akuffo, has encouraged newly qualified Lawyers to be the first advocates of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) by recommending the process to their prospective clients who seek justice at the courts.

She was speaking at a special meeting of the General Legal Council (GLC) in Accra, at which 38 new Lawyers were called to the Bar.

“Encourage your clients in every possible case to settle their disputes by ADR first, and you should be the first ADR mediator when your clients consult you. When you go to court, make your client amenable to going through ADR processes before going to trial” she said. 

The Chief Justice further advised the new Lawyers to handle each case differently and specifically so that those that are amenable to amicable settlement through ADR are taken through that process, to free Judges to adjudicate on other cases, especially those that will expand the frontiers of the Law. “When your cases go to trial, it should be because there are some new principles that are to be adjudicated upon” the Chief Justice advised, saying, “some Lawyers over the years have prolonged cases for the wrong reasons”.

Her Ladyship the Chief Justice entreated the newly enrolled to constantly and consistently embrace change to stay competitive as Lawyers. “You as Lawyers should be the last people to be afraid of change, as long as the changes are positive, you should never be afraid of it. You should allow change to positively influence the way you practice as Lawyers. How it is done before is not necessarily how it ought to be done. Always keep asking and questioning, that is how quality is developed”, she said.

Her Ladyship Justice Sophia Akuffo further emphasized the need for them to be faithful to the core values and principles of the profession, in spite of the challenges, while cautioning their families and friends not to push them into untenable situations.

The newly enrolled Lawyers, comprising 25 males and 13 females, gave an undertaking mandatory for any Lawyer called to the Ghanaian Bar.


List of Newly Enrolled Lawyers

1.   Oheneba Afriyie Nsiah Ababio

2.   Francis Kwame Adjei

3.   Stanley Amartey Amarteifio

4.   Marin Ohui Apronti

5.   Phoebe Evelyn Arde-Acquah

6.   Aristo Alexander Aryee

7.   Kwabena Asare

8.   Emmanuella Sarah Asmah

9.   Gabriel Awunyo

10. Akon Baba

11. Evelyn Akwele Baflo

12. Samuel Nana Bampoe-Parry

13. Kwabena Asiedu Berchie-Berko

14. Vera Boateng

15. Osei Tutu Bonsu

16. Egya Kojo Botwe

17. Collins Danso

18. Francis Danso Agyare

19. Alhassan Dramani

20. Eugene Felison-King

21. Virginia Gloria Akpene Fugar

22. Fawzya Medhat Khalil

23. Jerome Wawai Kay Kanyog

24. Molly Nana Kodie

25. Edwin Kotoka

26. Joseph Yennuban Kunsong

27. Simon Madjie

28. Peter Mensah

29. Solomon Nii Ayertey Mensah

30. Samuel Kofi Narh

31. Bernice Laako Natue

32. Christopher Nakai Nettey

33. Angela Nyarko

34. Yaw Owusu-Obeng

35. Herman Mfoafo Parry

36. Stephanie Senyah

37. Nathan Tsormetsri

38. Inua Issahaku Yusif

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