General Legal Council to establish independent Board of Legal Examinations

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The General Legal Council is to establish an independent Board of Legal Examinations with the mandate of administering examinations for students and graduates from various faculties seeking admission into the Ghana Law School.

Mrs-Justice-Georgina-Theodora-Wood-CJThe Chief Justice, Mrs Georgina Theodora Wood said the independent board was a way of overcoming the perennial challenges with the integrity of examinations at the Law School.

Mrs Wood was speaking at the General Legal Council?s Bench, Bar and Faculty conference in Accra.

She said the move was not only overdue, but especially critical, given the experience within the school in the last four years and the ardent need to quickly uphold the image of the school and examination to the Bar.

She said in the coming months the Council intended to further reinforce, their work on legal educational reforms, as statutorily mandated per section 4 of the Legal Profession Act, Act 32.

?We intend to issue accreditation to law faculties, and also rank them on the basis of performance at the entrance examination to the Law School,? she added.

The Chief Justice said the legal profession has been undergoing various changes over the last ten years, with the training of lawyers witnessing massive and dramatic change with establishment of new law degrees conferring faculties.

She said the exponential growth in these institutions has also witnessed an increase in the number and differences in standards from school to school.

Mrs Wood said important reforms within the legal educational space should be accompanied by realignment to ensure the maintenance of high standards and international best practice.

She said the legal profession is presently at a cross-road and the future was clearly dependent on the choices made at the close of the conference.

She said there was the need for a radical turn around, as the profession strives to build an institution marked by the highest standard of professional excellence.

GNA

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