-Ghana’s first female chief justice bows out after 10 years of service
-Georgina Wood officially retires tomorrow June 8
-On Sunday June 4, a thanksgiving service was held to celebrate her contribution in the Judiciary
After 10 years of serving in the highest judicial office of the land, Her Ladyship Georgina Theodora Wood is set to officially retire tomorrow. The landmark achievement was marked by a church service held on Sunday at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Accra.
Chief Justice Georgina Wood became Ghana’s first female Chief Justice when she was appointed by former president Kufuor in 2007. She is also, as at the time of her retirement, the longest-serving Chief Justice Ghana has had so far.
She was one of the most powerful women in the country up until another woman was appointed as the speaker of Parliament of the 5th Parliament of Ghana in 2009 in the person of Justice Joyce Adeline Bamford-Addo.
Chief Justice Wood rose through the ranks after having served as a deputy superintendent and public prosecutor, served as a District Magistrate in the Judicial Service. She later became the presiding judge of the Court of Appeal in 1991 before she was appointed to the Supreme Court in November 2002. Five years after her Supreme Court appointment, she was appointed the Chief Justice by ex-president Kufuor in 2007.
The Thanksgiving service saw in attendance notable functionaries made up of family members, friends, the clergy and some politicians.
Chief among the people who were present at the colorful event were her immediate successor and second female to rise to the office of Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo; Justice Jones Dotse; the current Speaker Ghana’s Parliament, Professor Michael Ocquaye and the Minority Leader, Haruna Idrissu.
According to Article 89(2)(a)(i) of the Constitution, the outgoing Chief Justice, would automatically assume a new role as a member of the council of state. It is required by the Laws governing the country that the advisory council to the President must have in its membership a former Chief Justice.
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