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Female lawyers impress at Jubilee enrolment 10/16/2007
Accra, Oct. 5, GNA - Miss Angela Naa Sakua Okai on Friday won seven out of the 29 prizes at the Jubilee Enrolment to the Bar to the admiration of her senior colleagues and invited guests who gave her a standing ovation as she kept going to and fro to collect her prizes. She won the Mensah Sarbah Memorial Prize for the overall round performance of both Part One and Two of the Professional Law Examinations and the Cecilia Koranteng-Addow Memorial Prize for the Best Female Student in the same examinations.

The other five prizes were the B. J. da Rocha Prize for the Overall Best Student in Advocacy and Legal Ethics and the G.E.K. Aikins Prize for the Best Female Student in the same examination, the Jonathan Arthur Memorial Prize for the Best Female Student in Civil Procedure, the Kenneth D. Laryea Prize for the Best Student in the Law of Evidence and the A.K. Ansah Twum prize for the Best Female Student in the same examination.

Four other women - Heidi-Marie Boakye, Gifty A.S. Amoafa-Yeboah, Angela Oboshie Torto and Enyonam Adinyira - won two prizes each. Calling the newly enrolled lawyers to the Bar, the Chief Justice Her Ladyship Mrs Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, advised them to carry out all their undertakings with due diligence, courage, honesty and humility. She also asked them to show respect, dignity and utmost courtesy to all those they come into contact. Chief Justice Wood said one worrying complaint some non-professional members of the Bench had against lawyers was the disrespect exhibited by some members of the learned profession towards them.

"I hope that in your case, you would not let your ''learnedness'' or their ''unlearnedness'' delude you into thinking that these public servants do not deserve your respect. "Yours is to distinguish yourselves and make the national theme for our Golden Jubilee celebration - Championing African Excellence - a veritable reality."

She also advised them against using the media with the hope to persuading judges. "Choose rather to adopt the best practices in the profession by boldly presenting your legal arguments whether written or oral legal in open court."

The Chief Justice appealed to the ambitious ones among them to consider pursuing Post-Graduate specialist courses in Law, adding that, "the focus of legal practices all over the world is changing ....It is time for change". Chief Justice Wood aske d them to advise their clients to choose Alternative Dispute Resolution, if possible, instead of embarking on the long and tortuous journey of litigation should an out of court settlement failed. She invited the new lawyers to join the Ghana Judiciary, saying, "You will never regret a life on the Bench". 05 Oct. 07Source:

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