Call Ceremony in Ghana

I arrived in Ghana last night and was lucky to have been reserved a V.V.I.P. ticket to attend the Call Ceremony of the newest lawyers in Ghana. On this day, one hundred and ninety eight (198) lawyers were admitted to practise law in Ghana. I could not miss this ceremony for obvious reasons. I had friends who were being called to the Bar. I watched as these newly admitted lawyers walked around with their families in their brand new wigs, collar, bands and gowns. I then thought to myself “I have done this on two occasions – England and Wales and New York”.

The ceremony was held in the Banquet Hall of the State House. In attendance were the Chief Justice – Georgina Woode, Attorney General and Minister of Justice – Mrs. Betty Mould Iddrissu, MP for Subin – Hon. Isaac Osei, Paapa Owusu Ankomah, Lord Justices of the Superior and other courts, prominent members of the Bar amongst other distinguish ladies and gentlemen.

The Chief Justice encouraged the newly admitted lawyers to commit some of their valuable time to pro bono, to uphold the integrity of the legal profession and to focus on legal practice as opposed to going for just money. She took the opportunity to advise the newly admitted lawyers to help fight the problem of corruption affecting the legal profession. Finally, she encouraged them to consider a career on the Bench.

It was a beautiful ceremony and I wish all the newly admitted lawyers all the best in their respective careers.

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