The nomination of Justice Gertrude Torkornoo as the Chief Justice of Ghana has been formally endorsed by Parliament.
Parliament has officially approved the nomination of Justice Gertrude Torkornoo as the Chief Justice of Ghana. The decision came after the unanimous endorsement of her candidacy by the Appointments Committee of Parliament following her vetting on May 26, 2023.
President Akufo-Addo nominated Justice Torkornoo in April 2023 to succeed Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, who retired from the position on May 24.
During the debate on the committee’s report, Governs Kwame Aybodza, the Minority Chief Whip, called on Justice Torkornoo to surpass the performance of her predecessor, who had a legacy of miscarriages of justice.
Initially, the Minority had suspended their consensus approval of the Chief Justice nominee, awaiting the full judgment of the Supreme Court on a dual citizenship case involving a former Member of Parliament.
However, despite their disagreement with the ruling, the minority caucus decided not to withhold their approval of the Chief Justice nominee, as announced by Member of Parliament Mahama Ayariga.
“Thankfully, the reasoning in the James Gyakye Quayson case has been delivered by the Supreme Court earlier than 7th June. This has afforded us the opportunity to review the reasoning. The nominee for the post of Chief Justice (Justice Gertrude Araba Essaba Torkornoo) told the whole world that she is a textualist in her preferred approach to interpreting the Constitution of Ghana 1992.”
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