Akufo-Addo swears in Sophia Akuffo as Chief Justice

President Nana Addo has sworn in the new Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo into office.

The swearing in ceremony took place at the Banquet Hall of the State House in Accra today [Monday].

Justice Sophia Akufo hours earlier received a unanimous approval by Parliament after the House debated a report from her 5-hour long vetting last week.

President Akufo-Addo, while swearing Justice Sophia Akuffo in, expressed confidence in her ability to deliver on her mandate.

She becomes the 13th Chief Justice in the position, and the second female after the immediate past Chief Justice, Georgina Wood.

About Sophia Akuffo

Sophia Akuffo had her Masters in Law (LLM) from the Havard University in the United States.

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).

If confirmed by parliament 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.

By: Jonas Nyabor/citifmonline.com/Ghana

Published on 19 June 2017 | 4:02 pm at Source