After being confirmed unanimously by Parliament after vetting, His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo on Monday June 19, 2017 swore in the new Chief Justice of Ghana, Her Ladyship Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo. She becomes the 13th Chief Justice and the fifth under the 4th republic. She is also the second female Chief Justice after the immediate past Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood. The ceremony took place at the Banquet Hall of the State House at the Flagstaff House.
Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo is 67 years old, born on 20th December 1949. She was appointed to the Supreme Court by Ex-President Jerry John Rawlings on November 30, 1995. She was nominated as Chief Justice by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo on Thursday May 11, 2017.
She holds a Master’s Degree in law (LLM) from Harvard University in the United States of America. She has also been a member of the Governing Committee of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute and Chairperson of the Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Task Force.
In January 2006, she was elected one of the first judges of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Right and was re-elected until 2014 when she served as the Vice-President. She is the immediate past president of the court. She wrote the Application of Information & Communication Technology in the Judicial Process- the Ghanaian Experience, a presentation to the African Judicial Network Ghana (2002)
President Akuffo Addo said Chief Justice Akuffo will guard jealously the independence of the judiciary and will be an effective leader as well as bringing honor, not only to the judiciary, but to our country, Ghana.