- A senior law lecturer has called for a reevaluation of the legal rules used as guidelines for the legal practice in Ghana
- To him, there is a likelihood of selective justice if such outmoded regulations are still in force
- He continued that with the advent of social media and websites, the directive against the advertisement of a law firm should be carefully scrutinized
A senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ghana, Legon, Dr. Raymond Atuguba, has called for a review of the guide used to regulate the legal profession in Ghana.
In his opinion, several of the rules are outmoded and as such fall short of current trends in the practice of the legal profession. This invariably leaves most legal professionals falling short of the expected standards.
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He admonished that there is an urgent need to review the rules, lest their application may be construed as selective and unfair.
To him, there are constant breaches of the 1960 rules [Legal Profession Act 1960] that governs legal practice in Ghana. He continued that such rubrics are outmoded, and this tends to increase the risk of selective justice.
He argued that rather than the recent 3-year ban imposed on human rights lawyer, Francis Xavier Sosu by the General Legal Council (GLC) for amongst other charges, overcharging a client and advertising his services on social media, the Council should instead focus on an examination of the rules in order to measure them up to modern standards.
He continued that when the Legal Profession Act 1960 and Legal Profession (Professional Conduct and Etiquette) Rules of 1969 came into force, modern methods of interaction such as social media were non – existent, therefore the GLC should refrain from the use of such guidelines.
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Dr. Atuguba further said that the ban on lawyer Sosu for promoting his law firm appears to be a selective application of the rules as especially when other law firms have websites and also advertise their services yet are left unpunished.
“Based on the Sosu precedent, every law firm with such material on their website must be penalized. Do you see how dangerous this rule is?” he questioned
In the meantime, Lawyer Xavier-Sosu has indicated that he will appeal against the ruling.
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