Edmund Alexander Lanquaye Bannerman

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Edmund Alexander Lanquaye Bannerman
4th Chief Justice of Ghana
In office
Preceded by Edward Akufo-Addo
Succeeded by Samuel Azu Crabbe
Personal details
Nationality Ghana Ghanaian

Edmund Alexander Lanquaye Bannerman was the Chief Justice of Ghana between 1970 and 1972. He was the fourth person to hold this position since Ghana became an independent nation.[1] He was removed from office by the National Redemption Council, the military government in power after the coup of 13 January 1972 which ended the Second Republic of Ghana.[2]


Edmund Lanquaye Bannerman was born in Accra on 22 July 1915. He was educated at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, England, and was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn, London, in 1939, after which he entered private practice in Ghana. His later legal career encompassed being a senior lecturer at the Ghana School of Law (1960-64), a visiting lecturer at the University of Ghana (1961-63), a High Court judge in Tanzania (1964-67), legal adviser to Ghana Police and Ghana Airways (1967-70). He became a judge of the Supreme Court of Ghana in 1970, and was appointed Chief Justice of Ghana in 1971, after being acting Chief Justice (1970-71).[3]


  1. ^ "List of Chief Justices". Official Website. Judicial Service of Ghana. Archived from the original on 13 February 2007. Retrieved 28 March 2007. 
  2. ^ "13TH JANUARY, 1972–3RD JUNE, 1979: NATIONAL REDEMPTION COUNCIL (NRC)/SUPREME MILITARY COUNCIL (SMC) I & II" (PDF). THE NATIONAL RECONCILIATION COMMISSION REPORT Volume 4 Chapter 2. Ghana government. October 2004. p. 18. Archived from the original (pdf) on 16 October 2006. Retrieved 28 March 2007. Three judges, Chief Justice Edmund Lanquaye Bannerman, Justices Koi Larbi and J. B. Siriboe were dismissed and deprived of all their terminal employment benefits 
  3. ^ Africa Who's Who, London: Africa Journal Ltd for Africa Books, 1981, p. 197.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Edward Akufo-Addo
Chief Justice of Ghana
Succeeded by
Samuel Azu Crabbe