- If confirmed by parliament, Justice Sophia Akuffo will be the fifth Chief Justice under the fourth republic
- The current Chief Justice has been in charge of Ghana’s Judicial Service for a decade Georgina Theodora Wood (appointed June 2007) bows out of office in June 2017
President Nana Akufo-Addo has given reasons why he has nominated Supreme Court judge, Justice Sophia Akuffo as the new Chief Justice of Ghana pending parliamentary approval.
According to the President, Madam Akuffo is a “worthy successor” to Justice Georgina Theodora Wood.
He opined that the Supreme Court judge will be independent and fair, as she has over the years.
“I have known Justice Sophia Akuffo for well over 40 years, indeed she is my first junior in practice. She impressed me considerably with her hard work, her capacity for detailed research, her independence of mind and spirit, honesty and integrity, her deep-seated respect for the rule of law and her abiding belief in the sovereignty of the almighty God. I believe these are qualities which sustained her brilliant career as a lawyer.
“She has been one of the leading lights of the court since her appointment. ..I have no doubt that she will be a worthy successor of chief justice Wood. I expect discipline, fairness, integrity and the continuing modernisation of judicial activities to be the hallmark of her tenure as Chief Justice,” the President said when he made the official announcement Friday at the Flagstaff House.
According to Article 144 (1) of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution: “The Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President acting in consultation with the Council of State and with the approval of Parliament.”
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Justice Sophia Akuffo if approved by Parliament, will be the second woman to serve in the position, after her predecessor, Justice Georgina Theodora Wood.
Sophia A.B. Akuffo has been a judge of the Supreme Court of Ghana for the past two decades. She was appointed to the Supreme Court by Jerry John Rawlings on 30th November 1995.
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