Sophia Akuffo nominated Chief Justice

Ms Justice Sophia A.B. Akuffo has been nominated by the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the new Chief Justice.

She takes over from Mrs Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, who is due for retirement on June 8, 2017.

She is scheduled to be announced later in the day by the President, whereupon she will be presented to Parliament for approval.

Other names that were tipped for the position include: Justice Jones Dotse, and Justice Anin Yeboah.


Profile of Ms Justice Akuffo 

Ms Justice Akuffo has served as a justice of the Supreme Court for the past two decades.

She is the second most senior judge on the highest court of the land after Mr Justice William Atuguba, who is billed to retire next year.

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

In January 2006, she was elected as one of the first judges of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and was re-elected until 2014 when she served as the Vice-President. She is the immediate past President of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights.

She is on the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council and has held membership of several organisations, including the Committee of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute.

Her publications include The Application of Information & Communication Technology in the Judicial Process – The Ghanaian Experience, presented to the African Judicial Network Ghana (2002).

By: Ghana/