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Akuffo Sophia

Akuffo Sophia

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SOPHIA AKUFFO

Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo JSC, born on December 20, 1949, served as the Chief Justice of Ghana from June 19, 2017, until December 20, 2019. Her educational background includes secondary education in London and Cape Coast, a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Ghana, and a Master's degree in Law from Harvard University in the USA. She trained as a lawyer under Nana Akufo-Addo and had a successful career in private practice before being appointed to the Supreme Court by Jerry Rawlings in November 1995.


Akuffo was active in various legal capacities, serving on the Governing Committee of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute and chairing the Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force. She was also elected as one of the first judges of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights, eventually serving as Vice-President and President.


In May 2017, she was nominated by Nana Akufo-Addo as Chief Justice, and after parliamentary approval, she assumed the position on June 19, 2017. During her tenure, she was involved in significant rulings, including one in December 2019 allowing courts to sit during weekends and bank holidays for urgent cases.


Akuffo expressed gratitude to past Ghanaian Presidents, including John Atta Mills, Jerry Rawlings, and John Kufuor, for their support and nominations to various judicial positions. She became Chief Justice with the support of John Mahama and was nominated by Nana Akufo-Addo for the position.


REFERENCE:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_Akuffo 

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Date of Birth: December 20, 1949

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