The respected judge has also expressed concerns about situations where some lawyers take monies from their clients, but refuse to show up in court when cases are due.
“There is now great laxity in legal preparations on the part of counsel [lawyers] appearing before the courts, particularly the Supreme Court.
“Others just come on some legal holiday; they just walk into the court and even forget what their briefs are about. You ask a simple question [and] they don’t know where it is,” Mr. Atuguba stated at a legal ethics training programme for law students in Accra.
Atuguba, who presided over the 2012 elections petition trial, called on both law students and practicing lawyers to be professional and ethical in the discharge of their duties.
The Dean of the Faculty of Law at GIMPA Kofi Abotsi who also spoke at the event bemoaned fallen standards in the legal profession.
“Very often lawyers do not show up in court when they’ve been paid for it and clients end up in court without representation,” he said.