A lawyer in Kumasi has bagged a suspension for a period of three years for committing one of the most despicable crimes in the judicial system. The Kumasi Lawyer duped his client to the tune of GHC 50,000. Hansen Kodwo Koduah is said to have inflated the filing fee from GHC748 (which is the required fee) t¢o GHC 50,000.
According to the charge sheet, the incident took place during a case between Lawyer Hansen’s client, Mrs. Grace Nana Ama Oparah, and National Investment bank. While acting as her counsel, the Kumasi lawyer deceived her into paying a huge sum of GHC50,000.00 as filing fee, knowing fully that the statutory fee was GHC748.00.
The Lawyer for that reason was charged under Rule 9(8) of the Legal Profession Rules, 1969 L.I. 613. Lawyer Hansen will henceforth, not be allowed to operate as a legal practitioner or render any professional legal service to anyone.
Here’s the full statement from the Ghana Legal Council:
SUSPENSION OF LAWYER HANSEN KODWO KODUAH FROM LEGAL PRACTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Lawyer Hanson Kodwo Koduah is hereby suspended from legal practice for a period of three (3) years with effect from June, 2016.
The above – named person was formally charged under Rule 9(8) of the Legal Profession (Professional Conduct and Etiquette) Rules, 1969 L.I. 613 that he, while acting as counsel for Mrs. Grace Nana Ama Oparah represented to her that she was required to pay a filing fee in the sum of GH₵50,000.00 in the case titled as Mrs. Grace Nana Ama Oparah v National Investment Bank & 2ORS (SUIT No. LMISC 1 /2014) at the High Court , Kumasi and succeeded in collecting from her the said amount when he knew or ought to have known that the statutory fee was GH₵748.00 to be paid to HFC Bank Ltd at the High Court Registry at Kumasi, but nevertheless failed to pay same to the said bank as practice requires.
During the period of suspension, he shall not hold himself out as a Legal Practitioner or attend Chambers, or render, or purport to render any professional legal service to any person whomsoever, whosesoever.
The license of Mr. Hansen Kodwo Koduah to practice for the legal year is hereby withdrawn forthwith.
JUDICIAL SECRETARY AND SECRETARY TO THE GENERAL LEGAL COUNCIL
DATED THIS 9TH DAY OF JUNE, 2016