Sophia Akuffo

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Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo
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Sophia Akuffo undergoing vetting for role of Chief Justice
13th Chief Justice of Ghana
24th Chief Justice of Gold Coast/Ghana
Assumed office
19 June 2017
Appointed byNana Akufo-Addo
Preceded byGeorgina Wood
Supreme Court Judge
Assumed office
30 November 1995
Appointed byJerry Rawlings
Personal details
Born (1949-12-20) 20 December 1949 (age 69)
Children1 daughter

Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo (born 20 December 1949) is the Chief Justice of Ghana and has been a Judge of the Supreme Court of Ghana since 1995.[1]

Akuffo trained as a lawyer under Nana Akufo-Addo.[2] She has a master's degree in law from Harvard University.[3]

Akuffo has been a member of the Governing Committee of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute,[4] and the Chairperson of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force. In January 2006 she was elected one of the first judges of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights:[5] initially elected for two years,[6] she was subsequently re-elected until 2014 and served as Vice-President and President of the Court.[7][3]

Akuffo wrote The Application of Information & Communication Technology in the Judicial Process – the Ghanaian Experience, a presentation to the African Judicial Network Ghana (2002).[1]

Akuffo was nominated as Chief Justice on 11 May 2017 by Nana Akufo-Addo subject to approval by Parliament.[3] She was sworn in by President Akufo-Addo on 19 June 2017 as the thirteenth Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana.[8]

Judicial writings[edit]

  • New Patriotic Party v Attorney-General (also referred to as the CIBA case) 1997 ICHRL 24 (12 March 1997)


Akuffo is a royal from Akropong-Akuapem in the Eastern Region, has a daughter and two grandchildren.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Judiciary will use technology for quality justice - Justice Sophia Akuffo". Ghanaweb. Ghanaweb. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  2. ^ Akufo-Addo for President '08 Archived 2010-02-04 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c Alfa Shaban, Abdur Rahman (12 May 2017). "Ghana to have second successive female Chief Justice". Africa News. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  4. ^ Judge Sophia Akuffo Archived 2010-06-18 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Samuel M. Makinda and F. Wafula Okumu, The African Union: challenges of globalization, security, and governance, Routledge, 2006, p. 190
  6. ^ African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights Booklet Archived 2011-07-20 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ The African Court Judges Archived 2010-06-18 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Full list of Chief Justices in Ghana since 1957". Ghanaweb. Ghanaweb. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Georgina Wood
Chief Justice of Ghana
2017 – present