"I would like to start by asserting and emphasising that the profession into which these young persons now are entering is an honourable one.
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Background: "I would like to start by asserting and emphasising that the profession into which these young persons now are entering is an honourable one. Many are people in this country who do not want to hear or see that adjective 'honourable' used in this context. I cannot answer all their criticism; and I do not intend to do any more stat that their suspicions are not always well-founded. I am, of course, aware that the history of our immediate past has not been such as to get people out of that frame of mind. But the fact that rules have not always been loyally kept does not mean that the rules themselves do not exist. It does not even mean that there were many persons who almost always kept these rules. The Law is one of the few professions in which members lay down very strict rules for themselves. A few of these rules will be stated before I am finished. For the present I only draw attention to the fact that many of these rules are honourably and loyally kept even though failure to keep them would not normally be noticeable to the vast majority of educated and intelligent laymen. And that is as it ought to be.
"But the real important aspect of this is that in a special way it entitles the public as a whole to expect great things from practitioners of the Law. Only yesterday, in this same court, I stated what I regarded as the duty owed by the senior branch or our profession, namely, the Bench, to the people of this country. Now I have to supplement that with a brief statement of the very important contribution which members of the Bar generally can and should make to the restoration of the real rule of law in Ghana. And it will be useful here to recall what Francis Bacon wrote in the Preface to the 1630 edition of the Maxims of the Law. He said:
"I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from which as men do of course seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavour themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament there unto."