279 New Lawyers Called to The Bar

A total of 279 newly qualified Lawyers have been called to the Bar at a special meeting of the General Legal Council in Accra.

 

Addressing the new Lawyers, Her Ladyship the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia A. B. Akuffo, advised them to take the Professional Code of Ethics seriously to avoid any breaches that will occasion sanctions being brought against them.

 

“I need to caution you, as new Lawyers, to take the Professional Code of Ethics extremely seriously, and value it immensely as you would value God, and must at all costs avoid brushes with the law in order to ensure that no disciplinary proceedings or criminal proceedings are instituted against you. I must emphasize that the General Legal Council will not spare any Lawyer who commits professional misconduct. We have tightened and will continue to tighten the applicable rules”, she said.

 The Chief Justice announced that the General Legal Council has reverted to the original duration for the Professional Law Course.  

 

“I wish to mention that, a few years ago, the Professional Law Course was changed to one year in the classroom and six months’ internship. After three academic years of operating along those lines and after a careful assessment, we realize that it doesn’t work well. The General Legal Council has decided to revert to a two-year programme, in order to assure sustainable outcomes”, she said.

 

Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo charged the new Lawyers to advocate and litigate for improvement of laws and bye-laws on health, sanitation, environment and education. She also advised them to treat their clients with respect and discharge their professional duties with civility, whiles adhering to the long-held values of the profession. “The hallmarks of a good Lawyer most importantly include integrity, hard work, punctuality and strict attention to detail. A good Lawyer discharges his or her professional duties with civility, and without acrimony”, she said.   

 

Special prizes were presented to Lawyers who excelled in their Professional Law Course. Jainie Jainie Agovi received the John Mensah Sarbah Memorial Prize for the best all-round performance in the Professional Law Examinations, to rapturous applause and a standing ovation from his colleagues, members of the General Legal Council and the crowd.

 

In attendance were some Justices of the Superior Courts, the clergy, traditional leaders and families of the newly enrolled Lawyers.

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