250 Lawyers Called to the Bar
The Chief Justice, Mrs. Georgina Wood, admonished lawyers to build their ethical edge and develop their moral fibre to ensure credibility in their profession.
“Make no mistake about this: you can neither thrive nor succeed without morality. Ethics is the instrument through which your knowledge can benefit society,” the Chief Justice said this during the enrolment and call to the bar of 250 lawyers at the Banquet Hall, State House, Accra, on Friday 30th September 2016.
The ceremony, which was under the auspices of the Board of Legal Education of the General Legal Council, saw 250 lawyers receiving their certificates. Mr. Emmanuel Kyei emerged as the overall best student and received the Menash Sarbah Memorial Award.
Mrs Wood challenged the new lawyers to develop personal leadership skills and build on integrity and resolve not to become mere additions to the legal profession. “Resolve to be counted as positive contributors, shaping the frontiers of the law by making it relevant to our times,” she said.
The Chief Justice noted that it was important for those who had just been called to the bar understand the environment within which they operated so they could function successfully. Mrs. Georgina Wood admonished lawyers to build their ethical edge and develop their moral fibre to ensure credibility in their profession. “The profession is very demanding I therefore urge you to be hard working, ethical and build integrity and honesty towards professional excellence.”
She further encouraged them to take their pupilage seriously by learning from their seniors in the profession. Avoid pride, arrogance and be humble to get the impartation from their seniors.
She said “A lawyer is not a private person. He is a master of the law, a repository of the law and a facilitator of the law. Your actions have consequences for individual clients, families and the country as a whole.”
The Deputy Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Dr. Dominic Ayine, Your Lordship Justice William Atuguba and Mr. Benson Nutsupui, the President of the Ghana Bar Association, presented certificates to the lawyers.