Justice Gertrude Torkornoo sworn-in as the 3rd female Chief Justice of Ghana

Justice Gertrude Torkornoo sworn-in as the 3rd female Chief Justice of Ghana

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday swore into office Justice Gertrude Araba Essaba Sackey Torkornoo as the new Chief Justice of Ghana.

Justice Torkornoo was nominated by the President in April this year and approved by Parliament on June 7, 2023, after an exten­sive vetting process.

Her nomination and subsequent approval followed the retirement of the immedi­ate past Chief Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah

Justice Torkornoo by her elevation becomes the 15th Chief Justice of Ghana’s Supreme Court and the third woman to occupy that position after Justice Georgina Theodora Wood and Justice Sophia Akuffo.

She is also the eighth individual to occupy the office under the Fourth Republican era.

She has been a member of the Judiciary for the past 19 years and a Supreme Court Judge for the last four years.

At a brief ceremony at the Jubilee House, the President administered the Oaths of Allegiance and Secrecy and the Judicial Oath to Justice Torkornoo and congratulated her on her appointment.

President Akufo-Addo explained that his choice of Justice Torkornoo was not a difficult one to make in view of her level of qualification and the number of years served with distinction and her considerable experi­ence on the bench of the superior court of judicature.

He expressed his confidence in the new Chief Justice to provide the needed leader­ship to steer the affairs of the Judiciary.

President Akufo-Addo urged Justice Torkornoo to guard jealously its indepen­dence, bring honour to the Judiciary and the country, and be a worthy successor to her predecessor.

“I am expectant that her tenure as chief justice will also be marked by order, fairness, diligence, deep-seated respect for the rule of law and continuation of the modernisation of judicial functions and the expansion of infrastructure,” he said.

The President reminded the Chief Justice that it was essential for the development of Ghana, that the Judiciary commanded the respect of the population through the qual­ity of justice delivery and the comportment and conduct of its judges.

He said it was crucial that “we have judg­es who are morally upright with intellectual integrity and a fuller understanding of the law.”

“The Judiciary has the heavy burden of being the bulwark for the defence of the liberties and rights of the people… a burden best executed when it enjoys their unalloyed respect,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo wished Chief Justice Torkornoo well in her endeavours and urged the entire judicial system to lend her the needed support to enable her to promote the rule of law.

“I urge your continued solidarity and cooperation with the new Chief Justice to promote the rule of law that will be in line with the finest traditions of the Bench and the Bar and would help enhance the welfare of the people of Ghana,” he said.

The President commended former Chief Justice Anin Yeboah for expanding the frontiers of Judicial independence as well as leading the biggest expansion of court infrastructure across the country.

He also conveyed his appreciation to Jus­tices Jones Victor Mawulom Dotse and Paul Baffoe-Bonnie for holding the fort during the period of retirement of Chief Justice Anin Yeboah, and thanked Parliament for the expeditious and thorough way it vetted and approved the appointment of Justice Torkornoo for the high office.

On her part, Justice Torkornoo expressed her gratitude to the President for the confi­dence reposed in her and pledged to defend the integrity of the Constitution and to perform her duties without fear or favour, affection or ill-will.

She said she would ensure that judges are accountable for their stewardship pursuant to the Constitution and the rules of the court.

The Chief Justice appealed for an increase in the budget of the Judiciary to enhance and fast-track the implementation of the digitisation of court processes as well as the continuous expansion of court infrastruc­ture.

She gave the assurance that she would work to address the challenges in the judicial system, as well as the issues that confront legal education in the country.


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