The Chief Justice, Mr. Justice, E. Akufo-Addo, today enrolled thirty-four new Ghanaian lawyers into the?
The Chief Justice, Mr. Justice, E. Akufo-Addo, today enrolled thirty-four new Ghanaian lawyers into the Ghana Bar at a meeting of the Ghana General Legal Council at the Supreme Court Building in Accra today. (7-10-66). Among those present at the meeting, were responsible for Education, friends and relatives. Thirty of the new lawyers were trained at the Law Faculty of the University of Ghana, two at the Ghana Law School and two overseas. The enrolment was the fourth to be performed by the General Legal Council since it was set up. In his address to the new lawyers, the Chief Justice said the training which the Council has endeavoured to arrange for them is the minimum one needs to start the legal profession. He advised the new lawyers to read widely and deeply and never to allow themselves to drop into the category of persons who preserve their books for the sole purpose of passing them down to anyone who may need them in future. He said that one very helpful habit they could acquire is that of looking up practically everything and never accepting it as correct merely because someone had said it. He asked them not to make the mistake of assuming that success in the examinations would ensure in the practice of the Law. He gave them a few of the simple rules observed in the Legal profession. He asked them not in any circumstances deceive or attempt to deceive the court. He said there are may occasions, for example in divorce proceedings, where the lawyer could put words into the mouth of his client and possibly win the case. "But he never does if he is any good. What is more a lawyer should carefully refrain from deliberately saying something that is not true or only half true to his colleague on the other side, even if that may appear to be in the immediate interest of a particular client. The risks are not always obvious, but they are real; and such dishonourable conduct often tarnished the respect people have for the profession."