President nominates Justice Sophia Akuffo as Chief Justice

Accra, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Friday announced the nomination of Ms Justice Sophia Akuffo as Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana.

The President described her as an “extraordinary” woman, who distinguished herself at the Supreme Court with over two decades’ legal career.

Ms Justice Akuffo, should she be approved by Parliament, would take over from current Chief Justice Mrs Justice Theodora Georgina Wood, who retires on June 8, 2017.

The President said: In order to ensure a smooth succession to the office and preserve the integrity of the Judicial arm of government, I have decided to initiate the constitutional processes for the appointment of her successor, so as to preclude any undue vacuum in the office.

The President made the announcement at a short ceremony at the Flagstaff House, in Accra.

He said the nominee was a worthy successor to Chief Justice Wood and would uphold jealously the independence of the Judiciary.

President Akufo-Addo said he had known Justice Akuffo for more than 40 years and lauded her hard work, capacity for detailed research, independence of mind and spirit, as well as her honesty and integrity, deep-seated respect for the rule of law and abiding belief in the sovereignty of Almighty God.

The President said he expected discipline, fairness, integrity and the continuing modernisation of Judicial Service to be her hallmarks during her tenure as Chief Justice.

President Akufo-Addo lauded the outgoing Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Theodora Wood, describing her 10-year career as extraordinary.

I pay warm tribute to her distinguished service to our nation, and wish her a well-earned retirement, even though her public service will not be over as her place on the Council of State awaits her, he said.

Article 144 (1) of the 1992 Constitution stipulates that the Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President, acting in consultation with the Council of State and with the approval of Parliament.

Justice Sophia Akuffo is one of the longest serving Supreme Court judges in the country and her approval by Parliament would make her the 13th person and second woman to occupy the enviable position.

She holds a master’s degree in Law (LLM) from the University of Harvard in the United States of America (USA), and has been a justice of the Supreme Court since 1995.

Source: Ghana News Agency