Chief Justice faces Appointments C’tee today
All is set for the Parliamentary Appointments Committee to faceoff and vet Justice Sophia Akuffo who was nominated by the President Nana Akufo-Addo for the position of Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana, as scheduled for today Friday June 16, 2017.
The Appointments Committee had earlier set June 19 for the vetting, but announced on Tuesday, June 13, that it had to reschedule the vetting for this week to avoid keeping the position vacant for long.
The first Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Joseph Osei-Wusu, informed the media that it was necessary to fast-track the vetting to ensure that Justice Akuffo, when approved, fills in the position ahead of the retirement of the acting Chief Justice, William Atuguba.
“The Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood has already retired and a vacuum has been created, because the next available senior Justice William Atuguba is also due to retire in a few days from now. We considered all the circumstances and as a committee, we reviewed the fact that to date, no petition has been brought against the CJ nominee. It may be helpful to abridge the time and do it as quickly as possible”
“That will enable us to take the whole day, on Friday and use the weekend to prepare a report and probably by Monday we’ll be ready for the report to be considered by the plenary,” The 1st Deputy Speaker Hon. Joe Osei Wusu has said.
Adding that, “This week, Justice Sophia Akuffo may not be able to start work, but beginning next week, she may be able to start work in full and administration of justice can then continue without any vacuum.
President Akufo-Addo last month announced Justice Sophia Akuffo as his choice of successor of Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood who retired on June 8, 2017.
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