The Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana, Justice Sophia Akuffo, has signaled that as long as she supervises legal education in Ghana and the Judicial System, she will not allow the mass production of lawyers in the country.
According to her, the mass production of lawyers poses a great danger to the people of the country who would require the services of a good lawyer in their life time.
Addressing the Bench, Bar and Faculty Conference at the Labadi Beach Hotel on the theme “the Changing Landscape in the Law – the Judge, the Lawyer and the Academic”, the Chief Justice said any attempt to allow the production of lawyers without efficient control, checks and balances will be rejected irrespective of who is advocating for it.
In her address, the Chief Justice first noted that “those of us who have been to long on the General Legal Council, those of us who spent to long on the disciplinary committee, we have course to worry because the kind of misconduct are such that there is no way anybody envisaged these categories of misconduct when the legal profession act was been enacted in the 1960”.
Focusing on her concerns about legal education in Ghana, Justice Sophia Akuffo further states that “those of you lawyers and those of you lecturers who are busy advocating free scale, mass admissions, into the professional law course, and mass production of lawyers, be careful what you wish for”. She pointed out that “so long as I have anything to do with it, it won’t happen”. “Just like you can’t mass produce doctors and surgeons, Ghanaians must not have mass-produced lawyers imposed on them,” the Chief Justice said.
In her brief remarks, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Gloria Akuffo noted that faculty begats the Bar and the Bar begats the Bench. It is therefore important that legal education in Ghana is given the attention it deserves.
Source: Starr FM