The new Chief Justice of Ghana, Justice Gertrude Araba Essaba Torkornoo, has taken the oath of office.
Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, who retired in May 2023, is replaced by her.
After Sophia Akuffo and Justice Georgina Theodore Wood, she becomes the third female Chief Justice in Ghana’s history as a result.
The nomination of Justice Gertrude Torkornoo was accepted by Parliament on Wednesday, June 7, 2023.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo swore Justice Gertrude Torkornoo in at the Jubilee House on Monday, June 12, 2023, and noted that she has all the necessary qualifications to serve as Ghana’s Chief Justice.
He stated his belief that Justice Torkornoo, who will succeed Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah as Ghana’s 15th Chief Justice, will benefit from her more than 19 years of expertise.
Justice Torkornoo has the qualifications to restore public faith in the judiciary, he continued.
President Akufo-Addo pledged to be a “dependable” and “trustworthy” partner in ensuring that the judicial system and the executive branch collaborate effectively to firmly establish the rule of law in Ghana.
“I want to assure Chief Justice Gertrude Torkornoo that just as I did with her predecessor, I will be a dependable and trustworthy partner of the Judiciary so that the Executive and the Judiciary can work together in the spirit of mutual respect to consolidate the tenets of good governance for the benefit of the Ghanaian people,” he said on Monday at the Jubilee House.”
Dignitaries from all spheres of society, including members of parliament, government representatives, attorneys, and lawyers, were present for the swearing-in ceremony.
Justice Gertrude Torkornoo promised to purge the judiciary and use technology to facilitate the process.
Justice Gertrude Torkornoo has held positions with the High Court, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court before being chosen by President Akufo-Addo in 2019.