GLC did not mandate me to publish law school investigative documents – CJ to Dafeamekpor

Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin-Yeboah

Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah said he was unable to release certain documents regarding an investigation into the admission of some unworthy law students in the past, as requested by the South MP Dayi, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor.

In a letter to the GLC, the opposition MP said he learned last year that some students were admitted into Ghanaian school law when they did not deserve it.

He noted that the outgoing president of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), Mr. Anthony Forson Jr, chaired the committee which investigated this matter as a result of which the acting principal of the school, his clerk and his deputy clerk were questioned for answers. and, therefore, wanted all documents and findings regarding this case to be disclosed to him in accordance with the Right to Information Act and the 1992 Constitution.

In response, the CJ said: “I am unfortunately not authorized by the Council to disclose the requested documents relating to the ongoing investigation. The established committee has not yet reported to the Council on the progress made to date. “

Meanwhile, former Ghanaian High Commissioner to Canada Nii Ayikoi Otoo suggested that Ghana’s legal education be reformed to allow experienced lawyers to teach the professional law course to law graduates from accredited institutions. , after which they all pass a law exam and those who pass get admitted to the Bar.

Calls for legal education reforms have come after so many law graduates have been denied admission to the Ghana School of Law (GSL) over the years for lack of space.

This year, for example, the first results published by the GSL on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 suggest that 790 applicants out of a total of 2,824 applicants meet the admission requirements.

However, after public pressure, the General Legal Council further released results indicating that 1,289 applicants met the minimum passing requirement of 50%, which is the known passing standard for all previous entrance exams. .

Thus, 499 of the 1,289 candidates were refused entry to the GSL.

The GLC, however, further issued a notice stating a new 50 percent passing standard in each of both sections A and B of the exam, stating the reasons why the 499 were not admitted.

After several petitions and pressures, the GLC agreed to admit the 499 law students who were refused entry this year.

To address the issue of how difficult it is to become a lawyer in the country, Ayikoi Otoo told Kofi Oppong Asamoah during the Class Morning Show on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 that there should be a final bar exam for all law students.

He said: “Why don’t you rely on experienced lawyers to teach the professional law course at the institutions where they got their LLB or first degree and at the end they will all go for a law exam. This is what happens in the UK… they can go anywhere but you all come and write a bar final; if you succeed, you succeed and you will be called to the bar.

Nancy I. Romero