President Nana Akufo-Addo has sworn into office Justice Anin Yeboah as the 14th Chief Justice of Ghana.
The President also demanded “decency, discipline, fairness, hard work, deep-seated respect for the rule of law, and the continuing modernisation of judicial activities to be the hallmarks, too, of his era as Chief Justice.”
In his speech at the ceremony, the President indicated that the choice of Mr. Justice Anin Yeboah as the 14th Chief Justice was not a difficult one to make, in view of his level of qualification, the number of years served with distinction on the Bench in the Superior Court of Judicature, totalling seventeen years, initially in the High Court, then at the Court of Appeal, and, finally, at the Supreme Court, and the considerable experience garnered as a result.
He served as High Court Judge from 2002 to 2003, became an Appeal Court Judge from 2003 to 2008, and was appointed onto the apex court, the Supreme Court, in 2008, by the 2nd President of the 4th Republic, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor. He is currently Chair of the Governing Board of the Legal Aid Commission.
“His association with the beautiful game saw him become Chair of the Appeals Committee of the Ghana Football Association, with the success of his work earning him a place on the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA, the global body responsible for the management of world football,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo continued, “In 2016, he was first selected to be a member of FIFA’s Ethics Committee, and, in May 2017, at the organisation’s 67th Congress, he was elected Chair of FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee. It says much for the acknowledgment of his integrity that these appointments occurred at a time when world football was undergoing its greatest ethical crisis in modern times.”
“I want to underline this assurance by indicating my willingness and preparedness to address the infrastructural challenges to the satisfactory functioning of the courts that so engaged the attention of Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo, and which she so vividly highlighted during her time in office,” he added.
With the appointment of the Chief Justice Anin Yeboah taking place at the beginning of a new year in a new decade, “a decade in which hope, optimism and progress will define the unfolding Ghanaian reality”, President Akufo-Addo noted that all Ghanaians have a joint responsibility to work together for the Ghana project.
The President was confident that Chief Justice Anin Yeboah will be a noble actor in this historic endeavour, and also congratulated him on his appointment, and wished him well and God’s guidance in the performance of his great duties.
He also conveyed this appreciation to Mr. Justice Julius Ansah for holding the fort, briefly, as Acting Chief Justice, during the period of the retirement of Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo and the swearing into office of Chief Justice Anin Yeboah.