The vetting of Justice Sophia Akuffo for the position of Chief Justice is underway. Justice Akuffo will be the 13th Chief Justice in the history of the Republic of Ghana if passed, and she will be the second woman in that position.
Notable members of the Judiciary are in attendance to observe, including Supreme Court Justices, Jones Dotse and William Atuguba.
The Appointments Committee had earlier set June 19 for the vetting, but announced on Tuesday, June 13, that it had to reschedule the vetting to this week to avoid keeping the position vacant for long.
President Akufo-Addo in May announced Justice Sophia Akuffo as his choice of successor to Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood who retired on June 8, 2017.
About the CJ nominee
Sophia Akuffo 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). If confirmed by parliament Justice Sophia Akuffo will be the fifth Chief Justice under the fourth republic after; Isaac Kobina Abban who served between 1995 to 2001.
Edward Kwame Wiredu also served between 2001 and 2003 while George Kingsley Acquah served from 2003 to 2007 before Georgina Theodora Wood from 2007 to 2017.