AfricaGhana Gets 3rd Female Chief Justice

Ghana Gets 3rd Female Chief Justice


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Accra Ghana – Justice Mrs Torkornoo if confirmed by parliament will become the third female Chief Justice in the history of Ghana, following the previous Justices – Georgina Theodora Wood and Sophia Akuffo.

Ghana Gets 3rd Female Chief Justice
Justice Mrs Torkornoo

The country’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo has nominated Justice Gertrude Araba Esaaba Torkornoo a member of the supreme court as the new Chief Justice to replace Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah who retires next month.

The president in a letter to the chairman of the Council of State, Nana Otuo Serebour, said Justice Gertrude Torkornoo who has been a member of the supreme court since 2019 and has been a member of the judiciary for the last nineteen years is qualified and fit to discharge the functions of Chief Justice.


Justice Gertrude Torkornoo hails from Winneba in the Central Region of Ghana. She is an alumni of the University of Ghana and graduated from the Ghana School of Law in 1986.

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In 2001 she obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in International Law and Organization from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), part of Erasmus University in the Netherlands. In 2011, she graduated from the Golden Gate University, USA with an LLM in Intellectual Property Law.

She was appointed a Justice of the High Court of Ghana in May 2004 and in 2012 she was elevated to the Court of Appeal. Justice Torkornoo was nominated to the Supreme Court of Ghana in November 2019 and was worn into office on 17 December 2019.

Ms Torkornoo was part of the seven-member panel that heard the 2020 election petition by John Mahama against The Electoral Commission of Ghana and Nana Akufo-Addo.

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