President Nana Akufo-Addo has sworn in the new Chief Justice Sophia Abena Boafowaa Akuffo at a short but impressive ceremony at the State House Monday.
The new Chief Justice in a seamless recitation took tree oath - Oath of Allegiance, the Judicial Oath and the Oath of Secrecy - before a host of invited guests including ex-presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Kufuor, leaders of political parties, members of the diplomatic corps.
Her Ladyship the Chief Justice received the instruments of appointment before signing her way into office as Chief Justice.
She is the second female Chief Justice, having taken over from Georgina Theodora Wood who retired from office early this month.
The president shortly before inducting her into office said the swearing into office of the Chief Justice is in keeping with the provisions of the 1992 Constitution and a resolve to having a functioning democracy and the rule of law.
He said the judiciary remains the bulwark of the country’s democracy and prayed the new Chief Justice will walk in the footsteps of the 12 Chief Justices before her.
Describing her as the “leading light of the court” the president hoped Sophia Akuffo will lead a new administration of honest judges; who possess integrity and have a sound knowledge of the law.
He prayed that judges will, henceforth not deliver judgements without citing any authority or giving any reasons for the decisions they take.
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