Elorm Ababio, a social media influencer, popularly known as Ama Governor has faced a second rejection to join the Ghana Bar.
Last year, the General Legal Council investigated her conduct due to misconduct seen in widely circulated videos. The Council allowed her to reapply after considering her behaviour.
However, the council recently declined her application after monitoring her actions, sparking discussions on eligibility criteria for the Bar.
In a letter dated March 13, 2023, the Council informed Elorm that her public behavior played a significant role in the rejection.
While the specific concerns weren’t disclosed, her public actions and statements were seen as problematic.
The Council mentioned that Ama Governor can reapply after the October 20, 2023 ceremony but will be under scrutiny.
This decision has ignited debates about balancing freedom of expression with the ethical standards expected of legal practitioners.
Legal experts stress that lawyers must uphold justice and the rule of law, necessitating high moral character and ethical conduct.
Chief Justice Gertrude Torkornoo expressed surprise at public reactions and emphasized that obscene or offensive conduct is not suitable for the legal sector.
This situation underscores the responsibility of aspiring lawyers to maintain high standards of conduct in both their private and public lives, especially in the era of social media and increased public scrutiny.
Different media users received this news differently. Some commended the Council’s act whilst others remained sympathetic towards her.
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