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General News of Wednesday, 21 June 2017


Full list of Chief Justices in Ghana since 1957

Justice Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo was on Monday June 19, 2017 sworn into office as the 13th Chief Justice of the country by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuf-Addo.

She succeeds Madam Georgina Theodora Wood who has accordingly in provisions of the constitution been appointed and sworn in as a Member of Council of State as the only serving former Chief Justice.

Profile of Justice Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo

Sophia A.B. Akuffo has been a Judge of the Supreme Court of Ghana for the past two decades.

Sophia Akuffo trained as a lawyer under Nana Akufo-Addo , 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).

One of her famous cases is when she presided over the Montie 3 in 2016.

Below is the full list of Former Chief Jsutices

Sir Arku Korsah, Esq. 1957-1963

J. Sarkodee-Addo, Esq. 1964-1966

Edward Akufo-Addo 1966-1970

E. A. L. Bannerman, Esq. 1970-1972

Samuel Azu Crabbe, Esq. 1973-1977

F. K. Apaloo, Esq. 1977-1986

E. N. P. Sowah, Esq. 1986-1990

Philip Edward Archer, Esq. 1991-1995

Isaac Kobina Abban, Esq. 1995-2001

Edward Kwame Wiredu 2001-2003

George Kingsley Acquah 2003-2007

Georgina Theodora Wood 2007-2017.

Current Chief Justice Justice Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo 2017 to date