Gertrude Torkornoo: The woman tipped to be Ghana’s third female CJ

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is expected to nominate Justice Gertrude Araba Esabaa Torkornoo, a justice of the Supreme Court, according to Daily Graphic sources.

Justice Gertrude Araba Esabaa Torkornoo, a justice of the Supreme Court

According to the state-owned newspaper, Her Ladyship’s name would be submitted for approval by Parliament as the next Chief Justice.

It is believed that the Council of State has already given the green light for Justice Torkornoo’s appointment and the President would soon forward her name to Parliament for approval, in accordance with Article 144(1) of the 1992 Constitution.

When approved by Parliament, Justice Torkornoo will replace the current Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin Yeboah.

Justice Anin Yeboah retires as Chief Justice on May 24, 2023, when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 for justices of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.


60-year-old Torkornoo will become the third female CJ in Ghana’s history when she gets the nod from Parliament.

The first and second female Chief Justices of Ghana are Justices Georgina Theodora Wood and Sophia Akuffo respectively.

Justice Torkornoo will be President Akufo-Addo’s third appointment to the office of Chief Justice since he assumed office in January 2017.


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