The Chief Justice nominee Justice Sophia Akuffo has described lawyers advertising on social media as distasteful.
According to her, the rules of the law profession is clearly against touting because it is considered an improper conduct on the part of a lawyer.
Justice Akuffo’s view follows the suspension of popular Human Rights lawyer Francis Sosu for advertising on Facebook by the General Legal Council.
The three-year suspension of the famed human rights lawyer who is credited with helping many wrongfully jailed Ghanaians gain their freedom especially through the government’s special program, ‘Justice For All’ ignited a debate amongst a section of the public and some lawyers who were of the view that the law preventing legal practitioners from advertising was outmoded and needed to be annuled.
However appearing before the Appointment Committee of Parliament’s during her vetting Friday, Justice Akuffo said allowing lawyers to advertise is wrong and contravenes the laws and ethics guiding the profession.
“Am a 67-years-old woman and I believe that dignity at the bar is as important as dignity of the judiciary…the idea of lawyers touting themselves on Facebook is personally distasteful to me and aside that the law is clear and the law is against touting.”
Justice Sophia Akuffo however said adding that there are jurisdictions that permit the use of social media in legal work but she is yet to study the scope of that permission.
“Facebook and twitter and so on and so forth at the moment will not fall in the permissible areas. You can have a website and put yourself on the website.”