Dr Raymond Atuguba(inset) addressing participants at the lecture.Photo.Mercy Amparbeng

Dr Raymond Atuguba(inset) addressing participants at the lecture.Photo.Mercy Amparbeng

Dr Raymond A. Atuguba, a senior Law lecturer at the University of Ghana, has advocated the abolishment of the Ghana School of Law as part of the legal revolution the country urgently needs.

 

Taking his turn at the Maiden Revolutionary lecture series in Accra on Friday, he said:  “We need a simpler structure for legal education, where law faculties independently prepare students for a law degree and to write a Bar Examination set by a Board of Legal Examiners – there will be no need for a Law School in this scenario.”

 

He indicated that one of the public complaints about Law and Justice was that entry into the Ghana School of Law and law faculties was “too laborious; the processes conduce to preferential treatments; weeds out the poor and marginalised; and what they are taught there is of doubtful utility for our Nation at this point in time.”

 

Dr Atuguba joins a host of lawyers, law lecturers and professors including the Founding Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Professional Studies, Prof. Kwame Frimpong who have, in recent times, made similar calls about the law school.

 

The Lecture Series instituted by Former President Jerry John Rawlings was on the theme “Restoring the Values of Probity, Accountability and Truth in Contemporary Governance.”

 

It is borne out of the experiences and philosophy of the Former President who was a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force and the revolutionary transition that Ghana went through particularly on June 4, 1979.

Dr Atuguba also called for a complete overhaul of the teaching methodology in law faculties so that law students learn about the country “not as an idea, but in its profound reality, preparing themselves for a life of service in nation-building, not a life of national destruction at the service of local and foreign clients whose mission is to milk Ghana dry.”

 

On other changes in the judiciary, he said there was the need for adoption of mechanism in court to speed up the wheel of justice indicating that the disposal of simple cases could be reduced from three to five years to three to five months.

 

On corruption, he said anticorruption crusades had become a joke and that he was unable to support them because they were targeted at members of the opposition party of the day but ignore the real corruption issues.

 

“Fight corruption we must. Fight it the way we are fighting it now, we should not,” he said

 

Stressing the need for legal revolution, he said “We are not asking for all the lawyers to be killed. Given the central role of Law and Justice in Ghana’s governance today, we are asking for a “turn around” in the way we conduct our Law and our Justice, as a measure to save our Democracy. We need a Legal Revolution. And we need it now!”

 

Other speakers were Mr Akwasi Oppong-Fosu, a former member of parliament for Amenfi East Constituency and Former Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Dr Benjamin Kunbour who both indicated the need for restoration of Values of Probity, Accountability and Truth in Contemporary Governance.

 

The event was attended by Former President John Dramani Mahama, some executives and members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and cadres of the revolution.

By Jonathan Donkor

 

 

 

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