Ghana’s first female Chief Justice retires after 47 years of service

Ghana’s first female Chief Justice retires after 47 years of service

- Justice Georgina Theodora Wood retires as Chief Justice

- She has served Ghana in the judiciary for 47 years

- She was appointed as the first CJ by former president Kufour in 2007

Ghana’s first female Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, has announced she will retire from office in June 2017.

In about four weeks I will be retiring. Specifically, on the 8th of June, I will no longer be in service. I should say this because I see all sorts of things. Some even say I am staying up until the end of the year. That is not accurate,” she said at a Justice For All Programme at the Nsawam Prisons.

Ghana’s first female Chief Justice retires after 47 years of service

After nearly 50 years of service, Chief Justice Wood bows out in June

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There has been rumour in the media that she will stay on until the end of the year, but the CJ dismissed this speculation with the announcement.

Madam Wood opined during the justice for all event that she retires believing that she has served Ghana diligently.

Last Friday's event, which was the last for the Chief Justice, freed some seven inmates.

Mrs Georgina Wood, who has been an active campaigner for the right of prisoners said Ghana needs to do more to improve the rights of prison inmates.

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Georgina Wood worked with the Ghana Police Service as a deputy superintendent and public prosecutor for three years. She later joined the judicial service as a district magistrate in 1974.

She rose through the circuit and high courts to become the presiding judge of the appeal court in 1991. She was appointed to the Supreme Court by President John Kufuor on 12 November 2002, an appointment she had earlier declined. She was nominated for the position of Chief Justice of Ghana in May 2007.

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