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Name : Sophia A.B. Akuffo

Group type : JUDICIARY.

Designation : Chief Justice.

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Profile of the Current  Chief Justice 
Sophia A.B. Akuffo.


Justice Sophia Akuffo was appointed to the country’s apex court 22 years ago by former President Jerry John Rawlings on November 30, 1992.


She has been one of the leading voices in the country on issues of human right, rule of law and child’s rights.


She had served on the continent’s judicial bodies such as the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, where she ended up as its President.


Ms Justice Akuffo has served as a justice of the Supreme Court for the past two decades.


She has been a member of the Governing Committee of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute and Chairperson of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force.


In January 2006, she was elected as one of the first judges of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and was re-elected until 2014 when she served as the Vice-President.


She is the immediate past President of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights.


She is on the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council and has held membership of several organisations, including the Committee of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute.


Her publications include The Application of Information & Communication Technology in the Judicial Process – The Ghanaian Experience, presented to the African Judicial Network Ghana (2002).


Ms Justice Akuffo is the second most senior judge on the highest court of the land after Mr Justice William Atuguba, who is billed to retire next year.


She holds a master’s degree in Law (LLM) from the University of Harvard in the United States of America (USA), and has been a justice of the Supreme Court since 1995.

 

 

Below is the profile of the immediate passed Chief Justice

Chief Justice Theodora Georgina Wood

 

Date and Place of birth

Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood was born on 8th June, 1947. She is a judge and also a former police prosecution officer. She is the Chief Justice of Ghana and the first woman to occupy that position.

 

Early life and education

Georgina Wood had her basic education at Bishop's Girls and Methodist Schools, Dodowa. She next attended Mmofraturo Girls School, Kumasi between 1958 and 1960. Georgina Wood's secondary education was at Wesley Girls' High School, Cape Coast, which she completed in 1966.

 

She proceeded to the University of Ghana, Legon, where she was awarded the LL.B. in 1970. Georgina Wood then attended the Ghana Law School after which she was called to the bar. She has also done the Post-Graduate Officers Training Course at the Ghana Police College.

 

Career

Georgina Wood worked with the Ghana Police Service as a deputy superintendent and public prosecutor for three years. She later joined the Judicial Service as a District Magistrate in 1974. She rose through the Circuit and High Courts to become the presiding judge of the Appeal Court in 1991.

 

She was appointed to the Supreme Court by President John Kufuor on 12 November 2002, an appointment she had earlier declined. She was nominated for the position of Chief Justice of Ghana in May 2007.

 

On 1 June 2007, the Parliament of Ghana approved her nomination as the new Chief Justice of Ghana by consensus. As at June 2007, this made her the first woman in the history of Ghana to head the Judiciary and also made her at the time, the highest ranked female in Ghana's political history; that rank was surpassed by the appointment of Justice Joyce Adeline Bamford-Addo as Speaker of the 5th Parliament of Ghana's 4th Republic in January 2009.

 

Chief Justice Wood assumed office on 15 June 2007. Since taking office, she has sworn-in three Presidents, the late President John Evans Atta-Mills in January 2009, President John Dramani Mahama and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.

 

Honours

On 7 July 2007, Georgina Wood was decorated with the Order of the Star of Ghana, the nation's highest honor.  She was presented by President John Kufuor.

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