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The directive by GSL to students unconstitutional, GBA silence unfortunate- Lawyer

Private legal practitioner lawyer Mrs. Joyce A. Bawah Mogtari, has taken a swipe at the Ghana School of Law for its new directive for students to submit their social media handles for monitoring.

The lawyer described the directive as unconstitutional and an invasion of the privacy of the students.

In a post on her official Facebook page, the lawyer asked the school to rescind the directive.

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She noted that the first action at the Supreme Court to ensure that the 1992 Constitution was enforced was led by lawyers hence it is unfortunate for a school training lawyers to introduce such a directive.

She asked the Ghana Bar Association to immediately react to the issue.

According to her, their silence was not the best.

“I do hope that the Ghana School of Law will reconsider this decision that so egregiously violates rights protected in our Constitution.

The Ghana Bar Association must as a matter of urgency stand up against this. Their silence many hours after the news broke in itself is problematic. The Association cannot continue to fail in its mandate to members of the Association and the public in general.”

Read the full statement below

Ghana School of Law must come again

As lawyers, we are enjoined to protect the ideals of the Constitution and demonstrably so.

Instructively, the first action before the Supreme Court for the enforcement of the 1992 constitution was initiated by lawyers (Kunyehia & Others v. Archer & Others [1992-1993] 2 GLR 525).

It is therefore surprising that today, and in this age and time, the institution responsible for training lawyers in our beloved country is setting out to invade the privacy of its students by interfering with a right so sacrosanct under the Constitution.

I do hope that the Ghana School of Law will reconsider this decision that so egregiously violates rights protected in our Constitution.

The Ghana Bar Association must as a matter of urgency stand up against this. Their silence many hours after the news broke in itself is problematic. The Association cannot continue to fail in its mandate to members of the Association and the public in general.

What we need is the reformation of legal education in Ghana to be equitable and accord all those willing and qualified to read law the opportunity to do so.

We certainly do not need a backward, draconian and repressive Ghana School of Law.

Mrs. Joyce A. Bawah Mogtari
Private Legal Practitioner

By: Rainbowradioonline.com/Ghana

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