Ghana has made a historic fete by appointing a female Chief justice for the second consecutive time following the appointment of the country’s first female Chief Justice in 2007, Justice Georgina Wood.
Justice Sophia Akuffo will be the fourth most powerful leader in Ghana after the President, the Vice-President and Speaker of Parliament.
The President is expected to will officially announce Ms Justice Akuffo’s nomination at a press briefing at the Flagstaff House today.
Sophia A.B. Akuffo has been a Judge of the Supreme Court of Ghana for the past two decades, and is the second most senior judge at the Supreme Court after Justice William Atuguba who retires next year leaving the mantle to her.
Justice Akuffo was elected one of the first judges of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights initially in January 2006 elected and re-elected until 2014. She rose to become a Vice-President and later President of the African Court.
Chief Justice Wood, the first ever female CJ in Ghana (and possibly Africa) will leave the office of the Chief Justice by June 9th after 40 years of service to the nation.
Akuffo’s appointment is subject to approval by the country’s parliament. Ghana’s laws indicate; Article 144 (1) of the 1992 Constitution provides that “the Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President, acting in consultation with the Council of State and with the approval of Parliament”.