President Akufo-Addo confirms Sophia Akuffo as next Chief Justice

May 12, 2017
Source: thebftonline.com l Ghana
President Akufo-Addo confirms Sophia Akuffo as next Chief Justice

 

Supreme court judge, Justice Sophia Akuffo has been named as the new Chief Justice of Ghana.

Her appointment follows her confirmation at the Flagstaff House today by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Ms. Akuffo, if approved by Parliament, will take over from Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, who retires on June 8, 2017. She will also be the second woman to serve in that position.

The President in announcing her appointment noted that, he has known the new CJ for nearly forty years, and trusts in her ability and integrity to deliver.

“I have known Justice Sophia Akuffo well for over forty years. Indeed, she was my first junior in practice, as barristers call their work. She impresses me considerably with her hard work, her capacity for detailed research, her independence of mind and spirit, her honesty and integrity, her deep-seated respect for rule of law and her abiding belief in the sovereignty of the Almighty God. I believe these are the qualities which sustained her brilliant career as a lawyer that propelled her to the notice of the first President of the Fourth Republic, His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings who appointed her to the Supreme Court on 30th November 1995; some 22 years ago. She has been one of the leading lights of the court since her appointment, and her contribution to the court’s work and the growth of our nation’s jurisprudence has been extensive.”

The President added that: “She has enriched her judicial experience by serving with credit on continental judicial bodies, such as the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, where she ended up as President of the Court. I have no doubt, that Justice Akuffo will be a worthy successor to Chief Justice Wood, and uphold jealously the independence of the judiciary. I expect discipline, fairness, integrity and the continuing modernization of judicial activities to be the hallmark of her tenure if she’s so endorsed by the constitutional bodies.”

Justice Sophia Akuffo will be the fifth Chief Justice under the fourth republic after; Isaac Kobina Abban who served between 1995 to 2001; Edward Kwame Wiredu also served between 2001 and 2003; while George Kingley Acquah served from 2003 to 2007 before Georgina Theodora Wood from 2007 to 2017.

Justice Akuffo will also be the 13th Chief Justice in the history of the Republic of Ghana.