Former Director of the Ghana School of Law, Kwaku Ansa-Asare, has emphasized some of his achievements during his tenure at the Ghana School of Law.
During an interview on JoyNews’ Personality Profile, he stated that he played a significant role in the licensing process of lawyers in the country.
“I laid the foundation for lawyers to incensed,” he told Ayisha Ibrahim.
According to him, the first time lawyers were licensed was in 1958, adding that only 12 lawyers were licensed for a short time during that period.
He mentioned Nii Amaa Ollennu and Akufo-Addo as a few of the lawyers during that time.
The founder of Mountcrest University College stated that the licensure ended on July 1, 1960, after Ghana became a Republic.
This opened the floodgate for lawyers to practice without first obtaining a license.
However, it did not end there. According to Mr. Ansa-Asare, “In 2002, the first thing I did when I became a director was to ensure that the General Legal Council would implement the provision in the legal profession act that lawyers must be licensed.”
In his view, this gave birth to the solicitor’s license.
“So today, you cannot practice law without the solicitor’s license,” he added.
It is mandatory that all lawyers wishing to practice within the jurisdiction of Ghana, first obtain licenses issued by the council before they commence practice.
Failure to do so constitutes an offense under Ghanaian law.
The council has put in place a mechanism for licensing lawyers and has been assisted by the Ghana Bar Association in implementing this licensing regime.
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