Nominated to be Ghana’s next Chief Justice is Justice Torkornoo: Third woman to hold the job

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has proposed Mrs. Gertrude Araba Esabaa Torkornoo, a Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, as the country’s next Chief Justice.

Her nomination must still be approved by Parliament, though.

Once he reaches the statutory retirement age of 70 for judges of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, who is scheduled to retire on May 24, 2023, would be replaced by Justice Torkornoo if his nomination is approved.

In a letter to the Council of State, President Akufo-Addo said that Justice Torkornoo was qualified to serve as Chief Justice because she had spent the previous four years on the Supreme Court and the previous nineteen years working in the legal system.

After Justices Sophia Akuffo and Georgina Theodora Wood, Justice Torkornoo would become the third female Chief Justice in Ghana’s history with her appointment.

Since he assumed office in January 2017, President Akufo-Addo has appointed three people to the position of Chief Justice. Her selection would be the third.

About her

Justice Torkornoo completed her secondary school in Ghana after being born on September 11, 1962. She studied at the Ghana School of Law and the University of Ghana.

She holds two post-graduate degrees in law, including one in intellectual property.

She was married with four daughters and two grandsons before joining the Bench in 2004.

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