- Ghana’s new chief justice is Sophia Akuffo media reports indicate
- Her appointment follows the retirement of Chief Justice Georgina Wood
Justice Sophia Akuffo has been chosen as Ghana’s new chief justice.
Starr FM reports that the president's choice of her by president Akufo Addo follows her successful career as a supreme court judge especially during her trial of the controversial Montie trio case which involved three NDC supporters threatening the then chief justice, Georgina Wood.
Graphic online also claims that "the council of State has already approved her nomination, and Ms Justice Akuffo has also been presented with her nomination letter."
Ms Akuffo, is the next most senior on the highest court of the land after Mr Justice William Atuguba, who is billed to retire soon.
Should Justice Akuffo be accepted as the substantive chief justice, she will be following the footsteps of her predecessor as the second female chief justice of Ghana.
What this means is that she would be most powerful woman in one of Ghana’s arm of government and oversee judicial matters of national and international concern.
The choice of Justice Akuffo follows the retirement of Georgina Theodora Wood who since her appointment in 2007, served as chief justice for over a 10 years.
The selection of Sophia Akuffo as chief justice raises concerns over her personal relationship with the president and also Nana Addo’s preference for persons who bear his surname, Akuffo. Ghana currently has Gloria Akuffo as attorney general and now Sophia Akuffo as chief justice – two resounding end names at two of the most powerful positions of government.
Sophia Akuffo has a firm background in law as she has her Masters in Law (LLM) from the Harvard University in America.
She is also a member of the governing committee of the chairman of the Alternative Dispute resolution task force of the commonwealth.
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