Francis Xavier-Sosu, Member of Parliament for Madina Constituency, has introduced a Private Member’s Bill in Parliament calling for a complete overhaul of the General Legal Council (GLC).
He believes it is past time for the Council’s membership to be reconstituted in order to improve legal education in Ghana.
According to him, he is championing the Private Member’s Bill alongside his colleague, Rockson Nelson Dafeamekpor, who represents the South Dayi Constituency.
Mr Sosu made the announcement on TV3’s Ghana Tonight on Friday, September 23, following the rescheduling of the Ghana School of Law entrance exams earlier that day.
The exams were rescheduled for a later date after leaks were discovered prior to the morning paper.
Lawyer Sosu recognized the need for legal education reform in Ghana, rallying support from the entire citizenry.
“For me, it shouldn’t really be whether the General Legal Council is interested in this change or not, or whether the Independent Examination Body is interested in this or not,” he told host Alfred Ocansey.
He emphasized that the Council “is not a perfect body,” and that because it is an agency of the Attorney General, it can be held accountable for its actions and inactions.
“In my opinion, change is inevitable, and it is the only way to resolve the issues.” Indeed, it is one of the reasons why my colleague, Hon Dafeamekpor, and I are championing a Private Member’s Bill in Parliament, requesting a complete overhaul of the General Legal Council; its membership, composition, function, and everything else must be overhauled.
“The same can be said for the approach we see in legal education.”
Mr Sosu was suspended by the Council in 2017, but this was overturned by the Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court.
The Association of Magistrates and Judges of Ghana (AMJG) threatened to drag him to the Council earlier this year for comments he made about some judges.
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