Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently named Supreme Court justice Sophia Akuffo as the new Chief Justice.
Justice Akuffo, who has been a judge of the Supreme Court for more than 20 years, takes over from Mrs Georgina Theodora who retires on 8 June on attaining 70 years. She will become the fourth most powerful person in Ghana after the President, Vice President and Speaker of Parliament. She will also be the second female Chief Justice in the West African country.
The president, in a speech to introduce her, said she is as a “worthy successor” to outgoing Chief Justice Wood.
President Akufo-Addo said he has known Justice Akuffo for nearly 40 years, and trusts in her ability and integrity to deliver.
“I have known Justice Sophia Akuffo for over 40 years. Indeed, she was my first junior in practice, as barristers call their work,” he said.
He praised Justice Akuffo for her “hard work, her capacity for detailed research, her independence of mind and spirit, her honesty and integrity, her deep-seated respect for rule of law and her abiding belief in the sovereignty of the Almighty God”.
President Akufo-Addo added: “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 22 years ago.”
The president said Justice Akuffo has been “one of the leading lights of the court” since her appointment, and her contribution to the court’s work and the growth of our nation’s jurisprudence has been extensive.