President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in accordance with Article 144 (1) of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution is expected later today May 12, 2017, to announce Justice Sophia Akuffo as Ghana’s next Chief Justice pending approval from the Council of State, the mandated body to advise the him on such matters
Justice Sophia Akuffo who was in contention of the position with two other Supreme Court Judges; Justices Jones Dotse and Anim Yeboah became the favourite after a marathon meeting on Thursday night.
She will succeed current Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood who is leaving office in June after 10 years service as the head of the third arm of government, the Judiciary
Profile of Justice Sophia Akuffo
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 who had 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 in 2016.