General News of Friday, 14 July 2017
With just a few hours to the start of the Ghana Law School entrance examination, Friday, a group of lawyers are racing against time to serve a fresh notice on the General Legal Council in a last-ditch attempt to stop the exams from going ahead.
The lawyers filed the fresh application at the Human Rights Court in Accra late Thursday afternoon, shortly after an Accra High Court threw out an injunction application which sought to stop the exams from coming off.
The new application, however, is yet to be served on the General Legal Council – regulators of legal education in Ghana.
But with the exams scheduled to start at 10 O’clock Friday, the determined lawyers tell Joy News’ Favour Nunoo they are hoping to quickly serve the Council and halt the exams.
“We have also filed an application for interlocutory injunction, so if it is served on them I would assume that once that is served on them and there is a pending application for injunction they would not go ahead with the exams,” said Eric Delanyo Alifo, one of the lawyers seeking to stop the process.
Some eleven students had attempted to stop the July 14 entrance exams being organised by the Ghana School of Law.
They were seeking to enforce a recent ruling by the Supreme Court which declared as unconstitutional the policy of entrance exams at the School.
Even though the judges at the Apex Court found the practice illegal, they further ruled that the impending exams scheduled on Friday, July 14 should take place as scheduled.
Some commentators have said the move by this new group of lawyers to stop the process is informed by complaints by some of the students — who had earlier tried to stop the exams from going ahead — that they are not psychologically prepared to take the papers.
Ken Donkor, one of the earlier petitioners had said after the ruling on Thursday that he is highly “traumatized” by the High Court’s decision to dismiss their application.