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General News of Wednesday, 14 February 2018


Supreme Court to hear Sosu’s suspension appeal

Francis-Xavier Sosu, Human Rights Lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu, Human Rights Lawyer

The Supreme Court has given approval for suspended Human Rights lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu to file an appeal against a three-year suspension imposed on him by the General Legal Council (GLC).

The court president over by Justice Yaw nullified an earlier judgement by the Appeals court that prevented Mr Sosu an application for stay of execution of the punishment, which prevents him from practicing law in Ghana.

In the wisdom of the court it will be an abuse of the fundamental human rights of Mr Sosu if he is prevented a hearing.

Mr Sosu has seven days to file his processes after which the court will hear the case.

It will be recalled that the GLC banned Mr Sosu from practising for three years on two major offences including overcharging a client.

The Council added that he had flouted the Professional Conduct and Etiquette rules by advertising his legal firm’s name and address on social media platform, Facebook.

Dissatisfied with the GLC’s decision, he went to the Court of Appeal to quash the suspension. But before the appeal would be heard, he also filed a motion seeking to halt the implementation of the suspension.

But on Wednesday, 26 July, the court presided over by Mr Justice Henry Anthony Kwofie dismissed the motion pending a determination of the substantive appeal case.

The judge said the jurisdiction of the court had not been triggered appropriately.

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