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Sophia Akuffo to be named new CJ

The President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has settled on Justice Sophia Akuffo as the new Chief Justice of Ghana, News Ghana can confirm.

Justice Sophia Akuffo
Justice Sophia Akuffo

An official announcement is expected today from the Jubilee House, the seat of government after consultation with the Council of State and approval by Parliament.

Article 144 (1) of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution states, “The Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President acting in consultation with the Council of State and with the approval of Parliament.”

The current Chief Justice who has been in charge of Ghana’s Judicial Service for a decade Georgina Theodora Wood (appointed June 2007) by then president, John Agyekum Kufuor bows out of office in June 2017.

Justice Akuffo becomes second female Chief Justice in the country after CJ Wood.

Profile Jusitice A. B. Akuffo

Sophia A.B. Akuffo has been a Judge of the Supreme Court of Ghana for the past two decades.

Sophia Akuffo trained as a lawyer under Nana Akufo-Addo had her Masters in Law (LLM) from the Harvard University in the United States of America (USA).

She has been a member of the Governing Committee of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute and the Chairperson of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force.

In January 2006 she was elected one of the first judges of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights initially elected for two years, she was subsequently re-elected until 2014 and is at present serving as Vice-President of the Court.

She has written The Application of Information & Communication Technology in the Judicial Process – the Ghanaian Experience, a presentation to the African Judicial Network Ghana (2002).

One of her famous cases is she has presided over in recent times is the Montie 3 case in 2016.

Source: Francis Tandoh/NewsGhana.com.gh