Court ‘mocks’ GLC, holds exams undertaking as unlawful, arbitrary

Court ‘mocks’ GLC, holds exams undertaking as unlawful, arbitrary

An Accra High court has held as “arbitrary, [and] unlawful” an undertaking forced on law students by the General Legal Council who take the Ghana School of Law entrance exams.

Candidates taking the Ghana School of Law entrance exams are required to sign an undertaking to desist from questioning the results so published. This undertaking is required to be signed before one is allowed to sit for the exams, the failure of which brings disqualification.

But five aggrieved law students who participated in last year’s exams sued the General Legal Council challenging the undertaking.

The students who are Prince Ganaku, Mildred Songsore Salia, Stanislaw Osei-Bonsu, Adam Iddrisu, and Asare Hassan said the undertaking imposed on them was “arbitrary, unreasonable and without legal basis.”

Although the General Legal Council raised some preliminary objections relating to the jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter, and the substantive matter being dead, the court dismissed the “wholly unattractive argument.”

The court presided over by Justice Gifty Agyei Addo has described the undertaking not to question the results published by the GLC as “arbitrary, unlawful, null and void, and of no legal effect.”

The court has directed the GLC to within 14 days publish a procedure for reviewing or remarking scripts.

Read the full judgment below:

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