Ghana School of Law exams for repeat students in limbo

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It remains unclear if the Bar resit exams slated for later today, Monday may come off following an application for an injunction on examinations filed by students of the Ghana School of Law.

Students who had failed the recent Bar exam and needed to resit appeared in the Human Rights Division of the High Court on Friday to seek an extension of time to enable them adequately prepare and re-take the exam.

Lawyer for the plaintiffs, Akoto Ampaw in a letter explaining last Friday’s hearing to the students, and sighted by said the following:

“In our respectful view, the effect of the proceedings of Friday, 14th June 2019, is that, the defendants having been served with the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction, are retrained until the application for interlocutory injunction has been heard and dismissed from organizing examinations for repeating students whose remarked results were released on Friday, 7th June 2019. Failure to heed this established principle of law would amount to contempt of the High Court (Human Rights Division), Accra by the defendants.”

He further urged the students to “remain calm pending the hearing of the interlocutory application for injunction.”

The plaintiffs, through lawyer Akoto Ampaw last Friday complained in court that, they were given only three days’ notice to register and take their examinations five days thereafter.

The plaintiffs insisted that the schedule was unreasonable and violated their fundamental human rights.

The motion on notice is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday 18th June 2019.

The plaintiffs filed one motion on notice and another one ex parte.

At the hearing of the ex parte application on Friday, the presiding judge, Justice Gifty Addo described the ex parte application as ‘superfluous’ since the motion on notice has been duly served on the defendants.

It was therefore expected that by the service of the injunction motion on the school, the exams for the repeated students will not come off.

Exam hall ready

But understands that the venue for the examination, which is at the University of Ghana had already been prepared but the repeated students are unsure whether the exams will be held or not.

The students went to court to seek an order to compel the General Legal Council and the other defendants to organise the exams in two months to enable them to adequately prepare for it.

The students, prior to the court hearing on Friday, compiled signatures to ask the court to place an injunction on the exams.

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