Human Rights lawyer, Francis Xavier Sosu says he is overjoyed and very excited following the decision by the Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court to quash the three-year suspension he was slapped with by the General Legal Council (GLC).
The lawyer told Rainbow Radio’s Vivian Arthur that his trust in the justice system has increased following the ruling.
Mr Sosu was suspended by the GLC on June 1, 2017 after it found him guilty for overcharging a client and also violating the legal profession’s code of conduct that prevents lawyers from advertising their services.
He was suspended for three years for each of the offence, which will run concurrently.
The GLC also ordered him to avail himself to a senior lawyer who will mentor him for one year.
According to the GLC, the lawyer charged a client, known as Francis Agyare, GH¢50,000 as legal fee for a compensation claim of GH¢200,000.
The lawyer challenged the suspension by filling a certiorari appliaction at the Human Rights Court for his suspension to be quashed.
Delivering his ruling today (Wednesday), the court, presided over by Mrs Justice Gifty Agyei Addo, quashed the suspension on the basis that the GLC exceeded its jurisdiction because the offence and punishment for overcharging a client was not defined.
Also the court held that there was no complainant for the charge of advertising and touting leveled against the lawyer.
The lawyer who could not hide his excitement expressed gratitude to God, his family, well wishers and the media for the support he received during his suspension.
He said, ‘’I am very excited and overjoyed. My trust in the justice system has also increased. There are times you are faced with challenges and you lose faith in your own system, but what I have witnessed today, has increased my faith in the system.’’
Lawyer Sosu said his core focus is to represent people who have been deprived of the rights and the ruling of the court will help him resume that duty.