George Kingsley Acquah

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George Kingsley Acquah
11th Chief Justice of Ghana
(23rd including Gold Coast)
In office
4 July 2003 – 25 March 2007
Appointed by John Kufuor
Preceded by Edward Kwame Wiredu
Succeeded by Georgina Theodora Wood
Supreme Court Judge
In office
1995 – 25 March 2007
Appointed by Jerry Rawlings
Personal details
Born (1942-03-04)4 March 1942
Sekondi, Ghana
Died 25 March 2007(2007-03-25) (aged 65)
Accra, Ghana
Nationality Ghana Ghanaian
Spouse(s) Mrs. Jane Acquah

Justice George Kingsley Acquah (4 March 1942 – 25 March 2007) was the twenty-third (23rd ) Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana[1](the eleventh since independence).[2] He was appointed as Chief Justice on 4 July 2003[3] and was the incumbent until his death. His appointment made it three out of four recent Chief Justices who were former students of Adisadel College; the other two being Philip Edward Archer (1991 and 1995) and Edward Kwame Wiredu (2001 and 2003).

Early life[edit]

Justice Acquah was born on 4 March 1942 at Sekondi in the Western Region of Ghana.[4][5] He had his basic education in a number of schools, namely Half Assini Methodist School, Cape Coast Methodist School, Ashanti Bekwai Methodist School, Akim Oda Methodist School, Nkawkaw Methodist School and Dunkwa-on-Offin Anglican School.[4] He attended Adisadel College at Cape Coast, from 1957 to 1963 for his secondary and sixth form (college) education. He was an undergraduate at the University of Ghana, Legon between 1964 and 1967 and obtained a B.A (Hons) degree in Philosophy.[4][5] In 1970, he obtained the LL.B. (Hons) degree in Law from the same University.[4][5] He then attended the Ghana Law School where he obtained his Professional Certificate in Law and was called to the Bar in 1972.[4]

Working life[edit]

Justice George Acquah was in private legal practice at Cape Coast from 1972 until 19 September 1989 when he became a High Court Judge, working at Ho in the Volta Region.[4][6] He rose to become an Appeal Court Judge in June 1994[4] and then a Supreme Court Judge a year later.[5]

Other roles[edit]

  • Chairman, Budget Committee of the Judicial Service
  • Chairman, Judicial Service Reform and Automation Committee
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education of the Judicial Service of Ghana
  • Chairman, Disciplinary Committee of the Judicial Counci
  • Chairman, Funeral Committee of the Judicial Service
  • Chairman, Tender Board of the Judicial Service
  • Member of the Judicial Council of Ghana
  • Chairman, National Multi-Sectoral Committee on the Protection of the Rights of the Child
  • Member, Rules of Court Committee
  • Member, Appointments Committee of the Judicial Council
  • Member, Africa Regional Council of the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
  • Member of the Governing Council of the Ghana Legal Literacy and Resource Foundation
  • Patron, Commonwealth Legal Education Association, London
  • Honorary Legal Adviser of the International Planned Parenthood Federation;
  • Editorial Advisor, Banking and Financial Law Journal of Ghana
  • External Examiner (Law of Evidence) Ghana Law School



Justice Acquah died from cancer on 25 March 2007, aged 65, in Accra. He was married with six children.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "List of Chief Justices". Official Website. Judicial Service of Ghana. Archived from the original on 13 February 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Justice Acquah Is Dead". Top Stories. Graphic Communications Group Limited. 26 March 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2007. 
  3. ^ "New Chief Justice sworn into office". General News of Friday, 4 July 2003. Ghana Home Page. 4 July 2003. Retrieved 26 March 2007. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Death of the Chief Justice of Ghana". Official Website. Judicial Service of Ghana. Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2007. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Chief Justice – Justice George Kingsley Acquah". Famous Ghanaians: Law. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 26 March 2007. 
  6. ^ "Profile of Lead Faculties". Negotiation and Conflict Management Group. Archived from the original on 8 October 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2007. 
  7. ^ "the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute Report" (pdf). Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute. September 2006. p. 13. Retrieved 26 March 2006. 
  8. ^ "Chief Justice is dead". General News of Sunday, 25 March 2007. Ghana Home Page. 25 March 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2007. 

External links[edit]

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Preceded by
Edward Kwame Wiredu
Chief Justice of Ghana
Succeeded by
Georgina Theodora Wood