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The chairman of the People’s National Convention, Bernard Mornah, believes Ghana needs a Chief Justice who is innovative to make the Judiciary “functional”.
“We need an innovative Chief Justice who will step sometimes beyond her limit of work and can go out there to bring in certain things that will make the judiciary functional,” Mornah said. “It just appears that a new chief justice will carry on with what exists, and therefore innovation and others appear to be absent in her work.”
Speaking on Radio Gold’s Alhaji and Alhaji, Mornah stressed, “I felt sad that, it appears, the new chief justice to-be will not bring anything dramatic to the Supreme Court or to our justice delivery.”
Justice Sophia Akuffo faced the Appointments Committee of Parliament Friday in a vetting session which lasted for about five hours. She is in line to become Ghana’s second female chief justice.
She has been a Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana for the past two decades. Justice Akuffo trained as a lawyer under Nana Akufo-Addo and had her Masters in Law (LLM) from the Harvard 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.