Justice Torkornoo, who has been a member of the judiciary for nineteen years, currently serves on the Supreme Court, where she has played a pivotal role for the past four years
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has recommended Justice Gertrude Araba Esaaba Torkornoo to succeed Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, who is set to retire on May 24, 2023.
A letter from the Presidency to the Chairperson of the Council of State, Nana Otuo Siriboe II, confirming the nomination, was sighted by Dennislaw News.
Justice Torkornoo, who has been a member of the judiciary for nineteen years, currently serves on the Supreme Court, where she has played a pivotal role for the past four years.
With an extensive background in the legal profession, her nomination comes as a testament to her expertise and dedication to justice in the country.
The Council of State is expected to expedite action on Justice Torkornoo’s nomination so that Parliament can “consider it as early as possible in the current session”.
This swift process is in line with the President’s commitment to ensuring a seamless transition of the Chief Justice position, maintaining stability and continuity within the country’s legal system, the third of such in his role as President.
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If confirmed by Parliament, Justice Torkornoo will become the 15th Chief Justice of Ghana, succeeding Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, who has held the position since 2020.
Her appointment would make her the third female Chief Justice in the country’s history, following the groundbreaking tenure of Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, who served from 2007 to 2017 and the appointment of Sophia Akufo who served from 2017 to 2019.
In the coming weeks, the Council of State will review the President’s nomination, followed by parliamentary deliberations and a vote.