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Sophia Ophelia Adjeibea Adinyira

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Cape Coast, Ghana

Sophia Ophelia Adjeibea Adinyira was a Ghanaian Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana and a member of the United Nations Appeal Tribunal.

She was born on 1st September 1949, in Cape Coast, Central Region of Ghana.

She obtained her 'O' Level certificate from Fijai Senior High School from 1961 to 1966 and her 'A-Level certificate from the Wesley Girls' High School from 1966 to 1968.

She is married with five children.

She had her legal training at the University of Ghana and the Ghana School of Law and was called to the Ghana Bar in 1973.

In 1974, she was an Assistant State Attorney working at the Attorney General's Department untill 1986 when she became the Principal State Attorney.

She was appointed to the High Court bench and worked as a High Court judge for about a decade. In 1999, she was promoted to the Appeals Court bench.

She was appointed to the Supreme Court on 15 March 2006 and served as a Judge of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal from July 2009 to June 2016, sitting in New York and Geneva.

She served as vice moderator of the World Council of Churches in Geneva and was a member of its Central Committee from 2006 to 2013.

Sophia Adinyira is a member of the International Association of Women Judges. She chairs the National Multisectoral Committee on Child Protection. She also drafted a juvenile justice policy for Ghana supported by the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, and UNICEF.

She is also a member of the General Legal Counsel, the body responsible for legal education in Ghana.

Adinyira is a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Counsel. She received a national award for her contribution to enhancing the destiny of the Ghanaian child from the Minister of Women and Children on the twentieth anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Adinyira is a member of the Anglican and the Provincial Chancellor of the Church of the Province of West Africa since 1993. In 2019, she was appointed and first female and lay Canon of the Cathedral Church of St Peter in the Anglican Diocese of Koforidua.