General News of Monday, 10 July 2017
A group of law graduates calling themselves the Concerned LLB Graduates are going to court to seek an injunction to halt the upcoming entrance exams for potential students of the Ghana School of Law.
This comes after the General Legal Council declared that it would hold the exams for the prospective students despite a petition by the group to scrap it. The group petitioned the General Legal Council to facilitate automatic admissions into the Law School by scraping this year’s entrance exams slated for July 14, 2017, saying that it will amount to an illegality if the Council held such exams after the Supreme Court judgment on the matter.
The group said it has decided to pursue the matter in court to seek clarity and also get the Council to cancel the examination. Its leader, Godfred Tessu who spoke to Citi News said, “We had a meeting and we agreed that, this coming week, we will go to court and defend our right. We are going to ask the court to place an injunction on the exam and we hope that the court will grant it.”
He described as disappointing the Council’s decision not to honour their petition but said the group was resolute in ensuring that the “illegality” is not perpetuated. Godfred Tessu also urged calm among prospecting Ghana School of Law students.
Supreme Court order
The Supreme Court on June 22, 2017 declared as unconstitutional the entrance exams and interview session before admitting new students into the Ghana Law School.
According to the court, in a case brought before it by Professor Kwaku Asare, a United States-based Ghanaian lawyer, in 2015, the requirements were in violation of the Legislative Instrument 1296 which gives direction for the mode of admission.
The Justices in delivering their judgment, also indicated that their order should not take retrospective effect, but should be implemented in six months, when admissions for the 2018 academic year begins.