Ghana Bar Association 250 trained lawyers called to the bar

Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Georgina Wood, the President of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), Mr Benson Nutsukpui; a Supreme Court Judge, Ms Justice Sophia Akuffo, and the Deputy Attorney General, Mr Dominic Ayine.

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Two hundred and fifty newly trained lawyers have been called to the bar Friday, September 30, 2016, at a ceremony held at the State House in Accra.

The ceremony was attended by Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Georgina Wood, the President of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), Mr Benson Nutsukpui; a Supreme Court Judge, Ms Justice Sophia Akuffo, and the Deputy Attorney General, Mr Dominic Ayine.

Speaking at the event, the Chief Justice admonished lawyers not to see the legal professional as an avenue to make money but rather one that requires them to shun greed and avarice.

She urged the newly trained lawyers to remain steadfast to the core values of the profession with an unwavering commitment to the rule of law.

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Ms Wood further said they should eschew arrogance and self-importance, adding that it will give them the good foundation on which to practice the law.

She also entreated the lawyers to seek knowledge outside their training.

”You need to understand the political, socio-economic, cultural as well as international context within which you will function effectively  as good lawyers. This is because the law does not function in a vacuum,” she said.

In a wide ranging speech, the Chief Justice urged the lawyers to be concerned about enhancing the country's democratic space.

"Thus as leaders, you should not only be concerned  with whether your decision, actions and omission conforms to the laws of the land but also that they enhance the building of the democratic culture and contribute to political, social, economic, cultural or moral wholesomeness of our people," she said.

She said lawyers must be circumspect in their dealings with clients, families and community.

"Therefore our dealings with them must be such as would promote confidence, faith and trust in the law and not otherwise," she concluded.

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