A group of Ghanaian Citizens concerned with the ideals of the legal Profession have asked parliament to advise the Attorney General(AG) to withdraw or annul the controversial Legal Profession Regulation, 2017.
The group urged Parliament not allow itself to be used as a “vessel for legitimizing the ultra vires actions” of administrative bodies(General Legal Council) vis a vis the controversial legislation.
In a letter forwarded to the legislature by the group and sighted by Kasapafmonline.com read in part: “We the undersigned and concerned citizens of Ghana; Committed to Justice, Accountability and the Rule of Law; Sharing the vision of President Kwame Nkrumah to make professional legal education accessible to all qualified law graduates; Understanding the importance of legal education in a modern economy; Fully Aware that the Legal Profession Act (1960) binds the General Legal Council (GLC) to provide opportunities for law graduates to qualify as lawyers; CALL on Members of the Parliament of Ghana to advice the Attorney General to withdraw the proposed Regulation immediately.
Lead signatory to this petition, Professor Kwaku Asare, a Ghanaian US-based lawyer whose suit caused the Supreme Court to cancel the use of examinations and interviews as requirements for law school admissions recently took a swipe at the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo over the L.I which he described as “retrogressive”
He was of the view that the AG had the responsibility to drop the said L.I permanently if she wanted to, as the legislation can only go through if approved by the responsible Minister.
He slammed the AG after she directed that the “obnoxious and retrogressive LI,” which failed for lack of gazetting, be relaid in Parliament for consideration.
Prof Asare, popularly referred to as Kwaku Azar’s legal challenge triggered the Supreme Court ruling, which saw the General Legal Council forward the current L.I to parliament, after the court ruled that the processes were illegal.