President of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has settled on Justice Sophia Akuffo as the new Chief Justice of Ghana, Ghanapoliticsonline .com sources can confirm.
An official announcement is expected to be made after consultation with the Council of State. Parliament will have to give approval for her to be confirmed.
In tandem with Article 144 (1) of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution: “The Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President acting in consultation with the Council of State and with the approval of Parliament.”
The current Chief Justice who has been in charge of Ghana’s Judicial Service for a decade (Since June 2007) ,Georgina Theodora Wood, bows out of office in June 2017.
Justice Akuffo becomes Ghana’s second female Chief Justice after Wood.
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 after 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 hearing in 2016.