May 23, 2017

The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu has questioned the rationale behind the hasty appointment of a successor to the Chief Justice (CJ), Justice Georgina Theodora Wood when a Judicial Council is yet to be constituted.

Even though he indicated that Parliament would scrutinise the appointment of the CJ designation, Sophia A.B. Akuffo to deepen and strengthen separation of powers, he was rather disappointed it was done in a rather hasty manner.

“My disappointment is that there is no Judicial Council now, even though the requirements for this is maybe in consultation with the Council of State with the approval of Parliament”, Minority Leader bemoaned.

The President should have been in a hurry to constitute the Judicial Council, which, with respect of other superior Judges would play a role and probably give some guidelines about the appointment.”

While endorsing her nomination, Mr. Iddrisu who is also the Member of Parliament for Tamale South, gave his word of advice to Justice Akuffo as she takes over from someone with rich experience.

Mr. Iddrisu urged the incoming CJ to lead the fight against judicial corruption in order to redeem the lost image.

He also urged her to work to improve the working conditions of judicial staff in the country at this time that staff have been pressing for better conditions of service.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in accordance with Article 144 (1) of the 1992 Constitution named the Supreme Court Judge as a successor to Justice Georgina Theodora Wood whose tenure expires next month.

Ms. Akuffo has been a Judge of the Supreme Court of Ghana for the past two decades.

She holds a Masters in Law (LLM) from the Havard University in the United States.

One of her famous cases was when she presided over the infamous “Montie 3” in 2016.