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General News of Sunday, 25 March 2007

Source: GNA

Chief Justice is dead

Accra, March 25, GNA- The Chief Justice of Ghana, Justice George Kingsley Acquah is dead. He was 65 years.

He died at the 37th Military Hospital early Sunday morning from cancer, hospital sources told the Ghana News Agency in Accra. Justice Acquah had been receiving treatment in India and the United States for the ailment.

Justice Acquah, who was appointed as Chief Justice in June 20, 2003, would be remembered for attempting to reconcile Ghana's traditional adjudication laws with the imposed colonial ones.

He was born in Sekondi in the Western Region on March 6, 1942. He attended the Adisadel College, Cape Coast from 1957 to 1963, where he obtained both the Ordinary and Advanced level Certificates of the West African Examinations Council.

Justice Acquah then gained admission to the University of Ghana, Legon, in 1964 where he obtained LL.B Honours in Law. In 1970 he entered the Ghana Law School where he obtained the professional certificate in Law. He was called to the Bar in 1972.

His employment record includes private legal practitioner from 1972 to 1989, High Court Judge from 1989 to 1994, Appeal Court Judge from 1994 to 1995 and Supreme Court Judge from 1995 to date. He held national and international positions such as Patron, Commonwealth legal Education Association, London.
Justice Acquah left behind a wife and six children.



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