26 May Avoid use of media to denigrate others for cheap publicity – Attorney-General urges lawyers
26 May 2021
The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame, has denounced the practice where lawyers unduly use the media to denigrate others publicly.
According to him, the situation that sees legal practitioners running each other down over what he described as cheap publicity leaves much to be desired.
“I will take this opportunity to denounce the tendency of lawyers, sometimes even senior lawyers, some of whom have occupied high offices of state and have been leaders of the Bar, to deploy social and traditional media to unjustifiably assail the integrity reputation of senior figures the country,” he said.
He made this announcement during the sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of the Law Village Phase I.
The ultra-modern facility is geared towards expanding the physical infrastructure of the Ghana School of Law.
Speaking on Wednesday, the Justice Minister urged lawyers to complement the new facility with the sound intellectual development of students.
He also urged practitioners to desist from using dishonourable conduct such as disseminating untruths that fly in the face of professionalism as far as the Bar is concerned.
This, he said, “apart from being disreputable, poses a far greater threat to cohesion in society, especially when it comes from senior lawyers. The misguided attitude for cheap publicity and undue disparaging of others must be avoided.”
“The nation ought to be concerned. Because ultimately, a dishonest Bar, they say, breeds a corrupt bench and affects the kind of society we seek to build.”
Also in attendance was President Akufo-Addo who cut sod for the commencement of work.
Addressing the gathering, he indicated that those kicking against methods adopted by the government to rid the country of illegal mining can seek redress in court.
Godfred Dame explained that first phase of the Law Village is earmarked for completion in November 2021.