The Court of Appeal yesterday fixed next Tuesday, July 11, to hear the case brought by Human Rights lawyer Francis Xavier Sosu, who is challenging his suspension from the Bar for professional malpractice
The court reached the decision, after lead counsel for the General Legal Council, Mr. Kizito Beyuo, pleaded for the adjournment to study Mr. Sosu’s supplementary statement of response to the GLC opposition to his application for stay of execution.
He said the GLC needed ample time to respond to fresh allegations contained in the response of Mr. Sosu’s in respect of GLC statement of defence and therefore prayed the court to adjourn..
Mr. Beyuo contended that some of the allegations were against officers of the GLC who need to be contacted before a response can be put together.
Lead counsel for Mr. Francis Sosu, Samuel Cudjoe, did not oppose the request by the GLC lawyer.
Justice Henry Anthony Kofie, sitting as a lone Court of Appeal judge, granted Beyuo’s request and adjourned proceedings to July 11.
The court also indicated that it would consolidate the two separate applications on overcharging, which was a one-year ban and advertising and touting charges for three years.
The judge held the view that, the two applications carry the same issues and that there was no point in hearing them separately.
Lawyer Sosu was handed a three-year ban on June 1, this year, for allegedly overcharging a client, as well as advertising and touting his services.
But he disagreed the decision reached by GLC and filed a stay of execution on June 13 at the Court of Appeal to suspend the implementation of his suspension.
In his application, Sosu described the GLC decision to suspend him as a “substantial miscarriage of justice’’ and a violation of Article 19 (1) of the 1992 Constitution.
He added that, the decision was not only illegal but very “harsh and excessive’’ and an attempt to deny him his livelihood.
He therefore wants the Court of Appeal to overturn the Disciplinary Committee of GLC and reinstate him to the legal practice.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engsalige Nyaaba