Legal Council receives more cases of indiscipline against lawyers – Chief Justice

By Joyce Danso, GNA 

Accra Feb. 14, GNA – Mr Justice Kwesi Anin
Yeboah, the Chief Justice on Friday in Accra said the General Legal Council
(GLC) Disciplinary Committee has witnessed an increase in indiscipline cases
reported against lawyers.

According to the Chief Justice the cases
basically were due to lack of self-discipline and the desire to get-rich
quickly on the part of some lawyers.

He has therefore admonished lawyers to be
disciplined and allow self-discipline to inform their work habits and restrain
their emotions in the face of challenges.

Justice Anin Yeboah was speaking at the
Enrollment of 48 New Lawyers (Special Call) at the Supreme Court.

The Chief Justice advised the lawyers to
avoid being dragged before the Disciplinary Committee, adding, “The pain of
self-discipline is less than regret”.

The Chief Justice informed the lawyers that
GLC would not “close its eyes to any infractions on your part in the pursuit of
your careers”.

He further tasked the lawyers to have the
attitude of humility as they begin their careers in order to achieve the required
benefit of their endeavors.

“If you consider yourself as a learner, you
will find your seniors at the Bar more willing to guide you in all your do. As
lawyers you must keep a relationship which is cordial, gentle, honest,
diligent, and respectful and the virtues of life which make for nobility
associated with the legal profession,” he said.

Justice Anin Yeboah told the newly trained
lawyers not to delude themselves into thinking that education was over but they
should continue to learn to meet emerging trends and challenges.

“The study of law has no end. To prove
yourself worthy of the study of Law, you need to read on a wide range of topics
and develop a legal mind that can be very incisive to help solve problems of
the community in which you live in,” he said.

He appealed to the lawyers to conduct
research in order to be abreast with the development in all fields of the law.

On Legal training, the Chief Justice said
the GLA was considering opening professional legal training to other qualified
institutions.

He said based on the fact that these
institutions meet the set of criteria’s stipulated in the Bill currently before
Parliament.

“With 14 faculties of Law all offering the
LLB Course, there is too much pressures on the Ghana School of Law,” he added.

GNA