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General News of Friday, 4 May 2007

Source: GNA

Georgina Wood nominated for Chief Justice

Accra, May 4, GNA - President John Agyekum Kufuor in consultation with the Council of State has nominated Mrs Justice Georgina Theodora Wood for appointment as the new Chief Justice of Ghana. A press release signed by Mr Andrew Awuni, the Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesperson, said her name has consequently been submitted to Parliament for vetting and approval. If approved, she would become the first female Chief Justice in the country.

Mrs Justice Georgina Wood is presently a Supreme Court Judge having been appointed to that position since November 2002. She is the Chairperson of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Georgina Wood, who was born on June 8, 1947 attended Bishop's Girls and Methodist Schools.

She had her LLB (Hons) from the University of Ghana, Legon in 1970 after completing Wesley Girl's High School, Cape Coast in 1966. She took a six-month Post-Graduate Officers Training Course at the Ghana Police College.

She joined the Judicial Service as a District Magistrate Grade ll and was later promoted to Grade l. She was promoted to the Court of Appeal as the presiding judge in 1991.

Mrs Justice Wood last year chaired the Georgina Wood Committee that conducted enquiry into the disappearance of 77 packets of cocaine from the MV Benjamin vessel on April 26, 2006, as well as the 588kg cocaine seized from some Venezuelans at Mempeasem, East Legon.