499 law students saga: Minority files motion to remove Attorney General

Following the Attorney General’s inability to act on the House’s decision to the General Legal Council  (GLC) to admit the aggrieved 499 law students, the Minority in Parliament has filed motion seeking  his removal from  office.

After deputy majority leader Alexander Afenyo Markin and deputy minority leader James Avedzi made a case for it, the resolution was passed last week with bi-partisan support, requiring the Attorney General and Minister of  Justice to ensure that the GLC enforces the resolution.

In response, Dame told Parliament that it lacked the authority to order him to ensure that the General Legal  Council and the Ghana School of Law admit 499 LLB students who passed with 50% mark.

“We do not want to get to contempt of Parliament issues. Whilst recognizing the general legislative powers of Parliament in Ghana, except as have been circumscribed by the constitution, I am constrained to advise that Parliament is devoid of a power, through the use of parliamentary resolutions, to control the process of admission into the Ghana School of Law.

“The mode of exercising legislative power enshrined in Article 106 of the constitution does not admit of resolutions. In accordance with Section 13(1)(e) and (f) of the Legal Profession Act 1960 (Act 32), the power to regulate admission of students to pursue courses of instruction leading to qualification as lawyers and to hold examinations which may include preliminary, intermediate and final examinations has been vested in the General Legal Council,” the Attorney General said in his response.

In memo to the Speaker on Tuesday (9 November), the minority chief whip Mohammed-Mubarak  Muntaka  said the Attorney General has impugned the House’s “image and  integrity” by refusing to carry out the orders.

Below is the full memorandum:

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