Parliament’s Appointments Committee is expected to present a report on the nominee for the position of the Chief Justice (CJ), Justice Sophia Akuffo today [Monday].
The report would be given consideration by the plenary after which a consideration would be made or an approval made.
Parliament does not sit on Mondays but they have considered sitting to allow for the CJ to be approved to allow her start work.
The nominee was last Friday grilled for six hours by the committee and answered questions on different legal questions ranging from mob justice, lawyers advertising on social media, the Montie 3 saga, and reformation of the judicial service, corruption and integrity among others.
Article 144 (1) of the 1992 Constitution provides that “the Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President, acting in consultation with the Council of State and with the approval of Parliament”.
Article 144 (2) provides that “the other Supreme Court justices shall be appointed by the President, acting on the advice of the Judicial Council, in consultation with the Council of State and with the approval of Parliament”.
Ms Justice Akuffo has served as a justice of the Supreme Court for the past two decades.
She has been a member of the Governing Committee of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute and Chairperson of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force.
In January 2006, she was elected as one of the first judges of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights and was re-elected until 2014 when she served as the Vice-President. She is the immediate past President of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights.
She is on the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council and has held membership of several organisations, including the Committee of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute.
Her publications include The Application of Information & Communication Technology in the Judicial Process - The Ghanaian Experience, presented to the African Judicial Network Ghana (2002).