December 8, 2017
Human rights lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu has revealed his willingness to quit the practice of law in Ghana, stating he cannot stand the level of injustice and arbitrariness of the General Legal Council.
Mr. Sosu who has been handed a three-year ban from practicing for professional misconduct, has accused members of the Council of destroying young lawyers in the country in order “to seek relevance”.
“To be frank with you, I’m so prepared right now to quit legal practice in Ghana. Oh of course, I’m prepared to quit. Me, i can’t stand injustices,” he said on Onua FM’s Yen Sempa morning show Friday.
He told host of the show, Bright Kwesi Asempa that members of the Council, which has recently been criticised for its posture, “have formed themselves into a cartel” and intimidating layers, especially the young ones.
In his estimation, the General Legal Council, which is the main regulatory body for the conduct and administration of legal education and profession in Ghana, has now become lawless with no regard for due process whatsoever.
“You constitute yourself into a body which is so arbitrary, which is so lawless,” he said, adding “Once a while, we must call a spade a spade in this country”. He made reference to his disciplinary hearing to support his argument, suggesting he was humiliated, insulted and mocked at by some senior judges on the Council.