The Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, has stated that lawyers must at all times assist the courts to dispense justice to all manner of people without fear or favour.
This, according to the CJ, would help the citizens to have confidence in the justice delivery system, nation and government.
Mrs. Wood contended that a lawyer is expected to be a repository of the nation’s law and more importantly its conscience.
The CJ’s call for professionalism among lawyers comes on the heels of the recent Anas Aremeyaw Anas expose on massive bribery and corruption in Ghana’s Judiciary.
She disclosed this when 59 new lawyers, including Yaw Akrasi Sarpong, the Executive Director of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) in Accra, were called to the bar yesterday.
The Chief Justice said that lawyers cannot succeed without morality.
“To a large extent, what you will put your knowledge to will be influenced by your sense of morality or your personal ethics as shaped by acceptable societal and professional standards; the ability to choose what is right from wrong under all circumstances.”
Mrs. Wood, who is also the chairperson of the General Legal Council, noted that the lawyers must develop the moral fiber to ensure credibility and do the right things at the right time, stressing that “exercise personal leadership and integrity and resolve not to be mere additions to the legal profession.”
According to Mrs Wood, the lawyers must shape the law and make it very relevant.
The CJ congratulated the new lawyers and urged them not to rest on their oars in pursuit of knowledge.
She said lawyers ought to understand the global dynamics in order to offer legal solutions.
By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson