- Sophia Akuffo dismissed claims that appointments in the Judiciary are highly politicised during her vetting
- She also noted that calls for scrapping of the Ghana School of law is unfortunate
The Chief Justice nominee, Justice Sophia Akuffo has described the act of lawyers advertising on social media as “distasteful”.
Touching on the issue of the judicial service barring lawyers from advertising on social media, Justice Akuffo said:
“Personally, I believe that dignity of the bar is as important as the dignity of the judiciary, and the idea of lawyers touting themselves on social media is personally distasteful to me. But that aside, the law is there clearly against touting because touting is an improper conduct on the part of the lawyer.”
She also added it is not only in Ghana that self-advertisement is frown on.
“Self-advertisement is one of those frowned on in many jurisdictions, there are some that permit it, but I have not studied the scope of those permissions. But Facebook, Twitter… at the moment will not fall in the permissible areas. You can have a website and put yourself on your website,” she said during her vetting in parliament Friday.
The incoming CJ also refuted suggestions that the Ghana School of Law should be scrapped.
According to her, any move to do that will affect legal trying in the country. “The Ghana School of Law is a professional training facility and that is where the theories learnt in classrooms are supposed to be taught from a more practical point of view,” she said.
Sophia Akuffo also touched on the matter of mob justice during her vetting Friday, June 16, 2017, in Parliament.
She opined that “mob justice is a misnomer and it’s definitely not justice”.
She, however, stated that mob justice can be wiped out through effectiveness within the judicial process and educate people on the importance of allowing the law take its cause.
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