Justice Sophia Akuffo Is The New Chief Justice

    /    May 13, 2017   /     NewsBreak  /    0 Comments  /    159 Views

The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has confirmed that Justice Sophia Akuffo will become the next Chief Justice of Ghana.

She succeeds Justice Georgina Wood whose tenure comes to an end on 9th June after more than two decades on the bench with the last 9 years as the Chief Justice.

Before her announcement, names of Justice Anin Yeboah and Justice Jones Dotse were circulating as persons who were being considered for the topmost position in the judiciary.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who officially announced Ms Justice Akuffo’s appointment at a press briefing  stressed why she chose her.

“She impressed 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 the rule of law and her abiding believe 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 22years ago ”

The President went further to extol the virtues of the newly appointed Chief Justice.

“She has been one of the leading lights to the court since her appointment and her contribution to the court’s work and the growth of our nation’s jurisprudence has been extensive” he added.

But Justice Sophia Akuffo who was appointed onto the bench in 1995 under former President J.J Rawlings beat off strong competition from the two.

Ms Justice Akuffo, has a master’s degree in Law (LLM) from the University of Harvard in the United States of America (USA).

Her appointment is subject to Parliamentary approval when the august house reconvene on 30th June.

Source: Kingsley Opoku-Amoako|kapital971.com

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