Some social media users, have expressed disquiet about a family photo making the rounds on the internet, involving the Chief Justice (CJ) Sophia Akuffo and her cousin; Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Gloria Akuffo.
The photo shared by an account said to belong to an Accra-based private legal practitioner, Kwame Boafo Akuffo, also has a young lady named Aku Sika Akuffo, who was reportedly called to the bar, at the recent ceremony where 305 newly qualified lawyers, were enrolled into the legal profession.
Details accompanying the photo, indicated that the Attorney General and the Chief Justice are aunties to Aku Sika Akuffo.
“The latest Akuffo of the law production line, lawyer Aku Sika Akuffo, with her aunties. The Attorney General (AG) Gloria Akuffo, and Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo the Chief Justice of Ghana nice one sis”, the caption of the photo said.
Standing in between the two powerful Akuffos after she was called to the bar last month, was Aku Sika, who donned her black and white gown with her wig sharing a smile with her two aunties.
But the picture has sparked gossip and to some extent unfavourable comments on social media with people asking why and how, Aku Sika, passed her law examination to become a lawyer, when others have repeatedly been failed to be called to the bar after acquiring their LLB.
Angry and disappointed LLB students and some concerned Ghanaians on social media, shared the picture and asked that the law school be opened for qualified students.
They cast insinuations and aspersions at her, saying authorities could not have failed Aku Sika, because she was coming from the family of these very powerful people in the law profession.
They expressed concerns about what they call discrimination against poor students, who do not come from families of lawyers and the connected, suggesting ‘family and friends’ in the legal fraternity.
The comments come on the back of this year’s monumental failure of students who partook in this year’s Ghana Law School entrance examination.
Out of the 1, 820 students who sat for the exams, only paltry 128 passed for training at the law school at Makola.
Last year, an equally abysmal performance was recorded.
This has led to calls for an overhaul of the legal education system to address concerns that have to do with not only the entry requirements, but also the handling of examination in the school.
Last week Monday, some affected students hit the streets to demonstrate against tough stance of the General Legal Council (GLC) and the Chief Justice, who is on record to have said, she would not allow mass production of lawyers, so long as she remains the CJ.
The students were in the process brutalized by the Police after they sprayed water and tear gas on them and arrested some of them, while others sustained injuries.
The CJ, while addressing the Bench, Bar and Faculty Conference at the La Beach Hotel in Accra earlier this year, signaled that as long as she supervises legal education and the Judicial System, she will not allow the mass production of lawyers.
According to her, the mass production of lawyers, poses a great danger to the public, who would require the services of a good lawyer in their life time.
“Those of us who have been too long on the General Legal Council, those of us who spent too long on the disciplinary committee, we have cause to worry because the kinds of misconduct are such that there is no way anybody envisaged these categories of misconduct when the Legal Profession Act was being enacted in the 1960s”.
Those of you lawyers and those of you lecturers, who are busy advocating free scale, mass admissions into the professional law course, and mass production of lawyer, be careful what you wish for”.
She further went on to say, “So long as I have anything to do with it, it won’t happen. Just like you can’t mass produce doctors and surgeons, Ghanaians must not have mass-produced lawyers imposed on them”.