- President Akufo-Addo swore into office new Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo on Monday, 19 June, 2017, at the Banquet Hall of the State House
- He also urged the judiciary to discharge its duties creditably and responsibly
Ghana’s new Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, has said that she will pursue financial independence as one of her legacies in the office.
She made the remarks during her inaugural address after she was officially sworn into office by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
“The judiciary has diligently worked for and obtained a large measure of independence. This is however made incomplete by the lack of financial independence and that is an objective I would like to achieve during my tenure as Chief Justice.”
There has been concern that the judiciary’s reliance on the executive and the legislature for funding is a hindrance to its independence.
During her induction speech, she also spoke about how she was “passionate about integrity, the delivery of quality justice, and the development and stability of our nation and will strive to demonstrate such actions throughout my tenure…”
Sophia Akuffo is Ghana’s second female Chief Justice and takes over from Georgina Wood – the first female – who officially retired earlier this month.
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