The Supreme Court has thrown out a case challenging the monopoly of the Ghana School of Law in running professional law courses in the country.
The apex court, in a unanimous decision, dismissed the case filed by a Fellow of CDD-Ghana, Prof. Stephen Asare, questioning the accreditation of the Ghana School of Law as the only institution for that purpose.
Among some of the reliefs sought by Prof. Asare was for the court to declare that the current arrangement on legal education in the country is unconstitutional.
Referencing some constitutional provisions, Prof Asare also wanted the apex court to make a determination that, as per Article 25 (2) of the 1992 Constitution, accredited public and private universities have the right, to establish and maintain law faculties to run the professional law course.
He also prayed for a declaration that the distinction as provided between the Ghana School of Law’s Professional Law Course, and the Academic Law Course, run by approved Universities, is arbitrary and capricious and meant to further the monopoly power of the Ghana School of Law which he says violates of Article 296 (b) but this was opposed by the Attorney General and the General Legal Council.
The seven-member panel of judges who sat on the case after listening to arguments and counter-arguments were unanimous in their decision that the case does not properly trigger the jurisdiction of the court.
They comprised Justices Gbadegbe, Appau, Marful-Sau, Dordzie, Amegatcher, Prof Kotey, and Owusu.
The controversy surrounding the admission into the Ghana School of Law has been raging for some time now with some arguing that there’s a deliberate attempt to ensure many Ghanaians failed to gain admission to read the law course.