Akuffo Addo nominates Justice Anin Yeboah as next CJ

President Nana Akufo-Addo has nominated Justice Anin Yeboah as the next Chief Justice.

His nomination has been communicated to Parliament.

The First Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr Joe Osei-Owusu referred Justice Anin Yebaoh’s nomination to Parliament’s Appointments Committee.

One of the longest-serving Justices on the Bench, Justice Anin Yeboah will succeed Justice Sophia Akuffo, who would be retiring by the end of this year.

Article 144 Clause One stipulates: “The Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President, acting in consultation with the Council of State and with the approval of Parliament.”

If accepted by the Council of State and approved by Parliament, Mr Justice Yeboah will be the first male Chief Justice in 12 years.

Two females — Justice Georgina Theodora Wood (2007-2017) and Justice Akuffo (2017- 2019) — have occupied the position for the last 12 years.

The last male Chief Justice was Justice George Kingsley Acquah, who served from July 4, 2003 to March 25, 2007.

Justice Anin Yeboah is currently the fourth longest-serving Justice of the Supreme Court.

A graduate of the Ghana School of Law in 1981, he was appointed to the Supreme Court by President John Agyekum Kufuor in June 2008.

Prior to that, he had served as a Justice of the High Court from 2002 to 2003 and a Justice of the Court of Appeal from 2003 to 2008.

Apart from being a Supreme Court Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah is also a part-time lecturer in Civil Procedure and the Ghana Legal System at the Ghana School of Law.

Justice Anin Yeboah’s name is also associated with football.

In May 2017, he was appointed the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).

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