President Nana Akufo-Addo has sworn in the new Chief Justice Sophia Abena Boafowaa Akuffo at a short but impressive ceremony at the State House today.
The new Chief Justice in a seamless recitation took tree oath – Oath of Allegiance, the Judicial Oath and the Oath of Secrecy – before a host of invited guests including ex-presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Kufuor, leaders of political parties, members of the diplomatic corps.
Her Ladyship the Chief Justice received the instruments of appointment before signing her way into office as Chief Justice.
She is the second female Chief Justice, having taken over from Georgina Theodora Wood who retired from office early this month.
The president paid glowing tribute to the outgoing Chief Justice Georgina Wood whose contribution to the justice delivery system has been phenomenal.
As the longest serving Chief Justice in the country with the plaudits of swearing in three different presidents, Nana Akufo-Addo said her “career is extraordinary and truly historic.”
The new Chief Justice was humbled by the confidence reposed in her by the president and swore to live up to expectation. She lamented the delays in the justice delivery systems in the country and promised to work to resolve that.
She thanked ex-president John Rawlings who first appointed her to the highest court of the land as well as to presidents John Kufuor and Mahama both of whom played roles in her appointment to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.