Sophia Akuffo faces Appointments Committee tomorrow

Justice Sophia Akuffo

Justice Sophia Akuffo

Chief Justice (CJ) nominee, Justice Sophia Akuffo will face the Appointments Committee of Parliament tomorrow for her vetting.

Her vetting which was earlier slated for Monday June 19, was rescheduled so as not to leave a vacuum at the helm of the Judiciary, Chairman of the Appointments Committee and First Deputy Speaker, Joe Osei-Owusu told journalists in Parliament on Tuesday.

“The Chief Justice [Georgina Theodora Wood] has retired already… a vacuum, so to speak, has been created because the next available senior (Justice William Atuguba) is also due to retire in a few days from now,” he noted.

According to him, the committee reached a consensus to shorten the 14-day interval for receiving petitions on nominees, especially when there was no complaint against Justice Akuffo.

“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 (Friday) and use the weekend to prepare a report and probably by Monday we will be ready for the report to be considered by the plenary,” Mr Osei-Owusu said.

Each member of the committee, he said will be allotted 20 minutes each to question the Chief Justice nominee.

She was nominated by President Akufo-Addo in consultation with the Council of State as stipulated by Article 144(1) of the 1992 Constitution.

“The Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President acting in consultation with the Council of State and with the approval of Parliament,” the clause states.

By Julius Yao Petetsi   

 

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