President Akufo-Addo nominates Justice Gertrude Torkornoo as new Chief Justice of Ghana


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has nominated Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, a Supreme Court Judge as the new Chief Justice of Ghana.

Subject to her approval by parliament, Justice Torkornoo will replace the current Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah.

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Justice Anin Yeboah attains his mandatory retirement age of 70 years for justices of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court on May 24, 2023.

Profile of Justice Gertrude Torkornoo

Born on 11th September, 1962 in Cape Coast, Justice Gertrude Araba Esaaba Torkornoo hails from Winneba in the Central Region of Ghana.

She obtained her GCE Ordinary Level Certificate at the Wesley Girls’ High School in Cape Coast and then attended Achimota School for the Advanced Level Certificate.

She studied Law & Sociology for her first degree at the University of Ghana and completed the Professional course in law at the Ghana School of Law in 1986. She holds an LLM in Intellectual Property Law from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, USA and a Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in International Law and Organizations from the then International Institute of Social Studies, the Hague, Netherlands.

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Justice Torkornoo became a Justice of the High Court of Ghana in 2004. In October 2012, she was promoted to the Court of Appeal and rose to become a Justice of the Supreme Court in 2019.

She is well known for being one of the Supreme Court judges who presided over the 2020 presidential election petition case between John Dramani Mahama and the Electoral Commission and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.


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