The Law Society of Ghana(LSG) has denied media reports that the Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, has resigned from the Ghana Bar Association (GBA).
According to the Law Society, there was no comment by the Speaker that sought to suggest that he withdraw his membership from the GBA.
A statement signed by Interim President of LSG, Hon Rockson Nelson Dafeamekpor said the leadership of LSG paid a courtesy to the Speaker and congratulated him as President-elect of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).
The statement denied categorically that the Rt Hon Bagbin ever made a statement to indicate his membership with the GBA has been seized.
Full Statement Below
25TH September 2022.
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LAW SOCIETY OF GHANA PAID COURTESY
CALL ON SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT.
- The Interim Executives of the Law Society of Ghana (LSG) paid a Courtesy call on the Speaker of Parliament, the Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin at his office on Tuesday, 20th day of September 2022. The purpose of the visit was to congratulate him on his elevation as President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) of the world and also to introduce the new Lawyers Society of Ghana to him.
- It must be placed on record that nowhere in the Speaker’s welcoming remarks during our visit, did he ever state that he has resigned from the Ghana Bar Association (GBA). In his remarks, he expressed in strong words, his revulsion about the state of the GBA and wishes to see a change for a better Bar Association committed to the aims, objectives, and ethics as captured and practiced globally.
- The Rt. Hon. Speaker welcomed the formation of the Law Society of Ghana (LSG) and pledged his unflinching support to the Interim Executives and the Society to establish and develop a better professional group. He was very excited to learn from the Interim President, about the novelty in roping on board not only Lawyers but Paralegals, Law Students at the Ghana School of Law, and the Law Teaching Faculties at the Universities.
- His interest and excitement for LSG also stem from the fact that he together with learned senior Ward Brew, Esq had actually earlier sponsored the formation of the Bar Association of Ghana (BAG) when the frustration from the GBA became unbearable until some impediments came their way, which impediments rendered the forward march of BAG impossible or near impracticable. He charged the LSG to seek to shape national discourse and fight against injustice in all forms in Ghana. According to the Rt. Hon. Speaker, the GBA has now become too elitist, stressing that he used to pay his dues religiously until it came to his attention that any lawyer that had a close association with the then Public Tribunal Court was not recognized and paid their last respects by the GBA, upon death. He cited instances. As a result, his interest in the GBA has diminished and with it the non-payment of his membership dues.
- He advised LSG to come up with reasoned legal opinions and constructive criticisms of Court judgments so as to enrich our law reports and publish the same in Journals. He finally pledged his overwhelming support to the LSG.
- The delegation was led by the Interim LSG President, Hon. Rockson Dafeamekpor, Esq. (MP), who congratulated the Speaker on his new position as the President of the CPA. The Acting President bemoaned the GBA’s deviation from its core values and mandate in terms of fairness, inclusiveness, defending lawyers, and promoting lawyers’ welfare. The Acting President was accompanied by Vice President Biadela Mortey Akpadzi Esq, General Secretary Atukwei Quaye Esq, Treasurer, Enoch Deegbe Esq, Women Commissioner Anatu Anne Seidu Bogobiri, Dep. General Secretary David Worwui-Brown, Esq, and Deputy Director of Communications, Mercy Dankwa, Esq all in interim capacities. On the side of the Speaker, he was in the company of his chief legal and political advisors.
- The Courtesy visit was part of a rolled-out plan to introduce and interface LSG with prominent men, women, and relevant academic & state institutions in Ghana by the end of the year.
Hon. Rockson Dafeamekpor, Esq. (MP)
AG: LSG PRESIDENT