President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has nominated three Court of Appeal Judges for promotion to the Supreme Court, subject to Parliamentary vetting and approval.
The nominees are Justice Mariana Owusu, Justice Lovelace Johnson and Justice Gertrude Tokornoo.
Their appointment followed the retirement of two Supreme Court Judges, Justice Vida Akoto-Bamfo and Justice Sophia Adinyira and the impending retirement of the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo in December this year.
The nomination was announced by the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, on the floor of the House yesterday after receiving a communication to that effect from the Presidency.
He said by virtue of Article 144 (2) of the Constitution, the President had conveyed the appointment to him in July, this year, whereupon he also consulted the Council of State as the Constitution stipulates.
Prof. Oquaye said his office received the feedback from the Council of State in November this year, approving the President’s nominees which set the tone for the process of Parliamentary approval.
He appealed to the House to expedite action on the President’s nominees in order for them to assume office as soon as possible.
BY LAWRENCE MARKWEI