01.10.2004 General News

School of Law has turned out over 2,000 lawyers - Director

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Accra, Oct. 1, GNA - The Ghana School of Law has so far trained more than 2,000 Lawyers since its establishment in 1958, Mr Kwaku Ansa-Asare, Head of the School and Director of Legal Education in Ghana, said on Friday. "We can confidently say, with considerable pride, that with the single exception of the Honourable Mrs Justice Joyce Bamford-Addo, all Judges of the Superior Courts, Circuits Court and Magistrates in our local courts have all been locally trained," he said.

Mr Ansa-Asare was speaking at a press briefing in Accra after the enrolment of 151 Lawyers in Accra on Friday. He said as the older generations passed away it had become imperative to secure resources to train more lawyers to take up the mantle of leadership in the country bearing in mind the fact that throughout the history of the country Lawyers had been in the forefront in the fight for independence and democratic governance.

"As we continue to nurture and sustain our fledging democracy, and to make the rule of law the centre stage or cornerstone of democratic good governance, the nation will have to produce many more Lawyers, who will be expected to play useful roles both in central and local government."

Mr Ansa-Asare said it was obvious that Lawyers played very significant roles in industry, banking and finance, as politicians, businessmen, and teachers, among other areas. He said the School would extend its core curriculum to provide a programme for training of career Magistrates. At the moment it is running courses for Police Prosecutors, a new programme for Police Investigators and the Immigration Service. He appealed to philanthropists; organisations and alumni to come to the aid of the School so that they could expand their facilities to enable them increase the intake. Mr Felix Forson, an Editor at the Ghana News Agency, was among those called to the bar.

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