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“Quality Judges delivering quality Justice for all in accordance with the Constitution and doing it with the optimal application of technology of whatever sort that will help in delivering quality justice.”
This is the vision of the incoming Chief Justice for Ghana, Justice Sophia Akuffo who was nominated by President Akufo-Addo to replace the outgone Ladyship Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Woode who officially retired on June 8, 2017.
Her Ladyship Theodora Wood attained the compulsory retirement age of 70 years after occupying the position close to 10 years since she was appointed and sworn into office by former president Kufuor in 2007.
The incoming CJ, Justice Sophia Akuffo summarized her vision for the Judicial sector with emphasis on the speedy delivery of justice when she appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament for vetting yesterday.
She informed the expanded 30 member committee that one of her pet project is to encourage the application of technology throughout the country even in the district courts to speed up the delivery of justice.
“One needs to look at the application of technology throughout the country and in the district courts; in the most remote places. Because there is also now the fact that solar energy has become somewhat more affordable, and less bulky and less cumbersome. So in applying technology to the delivery of Justice and in particularly to speed up and also to assure integrity. It is going to be one of my pet programs,” she stated.
Justice Sophia Akuffo expressed her personal disapproval for lawyers advertising what they do anywhere, even on social media, a remark that was in obvious reference to a recent land mark sanction by the General Legal Counsel against one lawyer Francis Xavier Sosu for touting.
“I believe that dignity of the bar is as important as dignity of the judiciary, and the idea of lawyers touting themselves on social media is personally distasteful to me but that aside the law is there clearly against touting because it is considered an improper conduct on the part of a lawyer,” she observed.
She also indicated her willingness to champion other programs that would further enhance the image of the Judiciary.
Justice Sophia Akuffo is the second woman in succession to have occupied the position of Chief Justice in the history of Ghana’s Fourth Republic. She was called to the Ghana Bar in 1974 and became part of the Bench in 1995.
She was born on 20th December, 1949 at Akropong-Akwapim in the Eastern Region. She is divorced with a single child and two grandchildren.
Source: Clement Akoloh || ghananewsonline.com.gh