The General Legal Council’s (GLC) proposals for new regulations for admissions to law school, are “completely unnecessary”, according to the lawyer who successfully got the Supreme Court to declare the entry examinations and subsequent interview illegal.
Speaking on Eyewitness News, Professor Kwaku Asare described the GLC as a problem, and said it needed restructuring and a new mandate.
[contextly_sidebar id=”NerUfEQKRFc2ay7TOQWrSYfwMwVFJokI”]”The General Legal Council itself has become a problem and Parliament must step in to restructure the Legal Profession Act 32. I suggest that the Council, in its current form, be dissolved and replaced by a Council of Legal Education,” Professor Asare stated.
This restructured council will be charged with administering the bar examination, he explained.
Aside from this change, the lawyer added that everything else, including the current regulations, can remain as they are.
“I don’t think the General Legal Council learned anything from the Supreme Court battles that we had over the last few years. The existing regulations are sufficient because what the existing regulations seek to do is to have an objective, incorruptible progressive and automatic admission requirement for students.”
Protest from students
A group calling itself the Concerned Law Students submitted a petition to Parliament against the new LI, describing it as a deliberate attempt by the GLC to frustrate them, and a violation of their rights.
Ken Addor Donkor, the leader of the group, said the proposed LI was an attempt to kill the dreams of law students.
Professor Asare sided with the protesting students and also called on the Members of Parliament to reject the proposed LI.
“They should completely annul it… and I am calling on all 275 MPs to stand up with the constituents, to stand up with law students, to stand up with progress, to stand up with objectivity, to stand up with progress, to stand for anti-corruption, to reject the Ghana Legal Council as the Supreme Court rejected them,” he said.
By: Delali Adogla-Bessa/citifmonline.com/Ghana