Ghana Bar Association Backs Chief Justice’s Directive For Judges To Call Cases Of Senior Lawyers First

Ghana Bar Association Backs Chief Justice’s Directive For Judges To Call Cases Of Senior Lawyers First

  • The Bar Association has broken its silence on the controversial directive by the Chief Justice for trial judges to call cases of senior lawyers first
  • In a statement, the GBA said the old-age practice is good because it offers the opportunity for junior lawyers to learn from their seniors
  • The GBA also said the directive respects an age-old tradition that characterise the practice of law in Ghana's courtrooms

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The Ghana Bar Association has backed a directive by the Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, for trial judges to observe the age-old tradition of calling cases of senior lawyers first in court.

In a statement, the Association explained that said it supports the directive because it is a good way for young lawyers to learn from the rich experience of senior lawyers.

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Kwasi Anin Yeboah
Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin Yeboah. Source: Instagram/@fillaboyzdotcom
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Therefore, the GBA is called lawyers in Ghana to fully cooperate with trial judges in upholding the “age-old tradition and practice.”

Commenting on the different reactions and critical opinions that greeted the directive of the Chief Justice, the GBA said, “courtroom practice in Ghana…is characterised by certain reserved age-old traditions, ceremonies and practices, which must not be done away with or compromised under any circumstances.”

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Background to the GBA statement

The Chief Justice recently issued a directive to trial court judges to strictly adhere to the old tradition of calling the cases of senior lawyers first in court.

Justice Anin Yeboah explained in the circular that his office is concerned the long-standing tradition was not being adhered to by some judges.

The directive was heavily criticised by some lawyers and a section of the public.

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Prof Stephen Kweku Asare, known popularly as Kwaku Azar, is one of the respected lawyers who criticised the directive.

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Chief Justice Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah has pushed back against claims that he took a $5million bribe to sway a decision in a court case.

Per a statement dated Monday 12, July 2021, he made an appeal to the Commissioner of Police (COP), Mr Isaac Ken Yeboah, and the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to initiate a criminal probe into the issue.

“His Lordship is available to assist with all investigations into this matter, while he considers his own civil legal options to ensure that this matter is dealt to its logical conclusions,” the petition to the CID added.

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