Justice Sophia Akuffo sworn in as new CJ

Justice Sophia Akuffo sworn in as new CJ

- Justice Akuffo, during her vetting, promised to promote quality justice delivery and to shore up the image of the judiciary

- Justice Akuffo holds a Masters in Law (LLM) degree from Harvard University in the United States

President Nana Akufo-Addo has sworn in the new Chief Justice Sophia Abena Boafowaa Akuffo at a ceremony at the State House Monday.

Justice Sophia Akuffo sworn in as new CJ

Justice Sophia Akuffo sworn in by President Akufo-Addo

Justice Akuffo took the Oath of Allegiance, the Judicial Oath and the Oath of Secrecy before former presidents - JJ Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor, members of the diplomatic corps, etc.

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She also received the instruments of appointment before signing her way into office as Chief Justice.

Parliament earlier in the day approved her nomination as Ghana’s next Chief Justice following her vetting on Friday, June 16, 2017.

She exhibited a high standard of competence and integrity, forthrightness and independence of thought, astuteness in depth, and appreciation of the law, fairness, and selflessness. The nominee Sophia Akuffo qualifies to serve as the Chief Justice of the Republic. Mr Speaker, it is the recommendation of the house by unanimity that the nominee be approved to take the seat of Chief Justice in Ghana,” the chairman of the Appointments Committee and First Deputy Speaker, Joe Osei-Owusu, stated.

Justice Sophia Akuffo sworn in as new CJ

CJ, Sophia Akuffo and President Akufo-Addo

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Justice Akuffo becomes the 5th Chief Justice of the Fourth Republic.

She is the second female Chief Justice, having taken over from Georgina Theodora Wood who retired from office early this month.

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