Ghanaian president asks new chief justice to redeem image of judiciary

Ghanaian president asks new chief justice to redeem image of judiciary

Sophia Akuffo approved as Ghana's new Chief Justice

The approval followed recommendations of the Appointments Committee of Parliament, which she appeared before last Friday.

Sophia Akufo took the burden of the vetting to address various critical issues facing Ghana including state sponsored corruption, issues of mob justice and Ghana's foreign policy.

Parliament today [Monday], approved the nomination of Justice Sophia Akuffo for the position of Chief Justice of Ghana.

What this means is that she would be most powerful woman in one of Ghana's arm of government and oversee judicial matters of national and worldwide concern.

Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday inducted into office Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo as the new Chief Justice, calling on her to lead a new administration of honest judges who possess integrity and have a sound knowledge of the law.

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She will also be the 13th Chief Justice in the history of the Republic of Ghana.

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; and was subsequently re-elected until 2014, and is at present serving as Vice-President of the Court.

She was appointed to the Supreme Court by Jerry John Rawlings on 30th November 1995.

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