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Ghana: Gertrude Araba Torkornoo to take the helm as chief justice

By Jonas Nyabor

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Posted on April 24, 2023 08:54

 © Ghana Justice Gertrude Torkornoo speaks at Legacy Girls College. (Twitter)
Ghana Justice Gertrude Torkornoo speaks at Legacy Girls College. (Twitter)

Supreme Court judge Gertrude Araba Esaaba Torkornoo is set to become Ghana’s 15th chief justice after a presidential announcement expected by the end of April barring any last-minute changes.

Justice Torkornoo, 60, will be the third woman to serve in the high office, following in the steps of Georgina Theodora Wood (2007 – 2017) and Sophia Akuffo (2017 – 2019) when she gets parliamentary approval.

She takes over from Kwasi Anin Yeboah who reaches the compulsory retirement age of 70 on 24 May after serving for three years.

Background lobbying, counsel from influential national figures and other lengthy meetings aided the president’s decision on Torkornoo.

Out of more than 10 potential chief justices, Torkornoo and Justice Emmanuel Yonny Kulendi, 59, were considered front-runners.

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