The fourth longest-serving Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Anin Yeboah who was nominated as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by President Akufo-Addo is expected to be vetted by Parliament’s Appointments Committee on December 21, ABC News can report.
The announcement of Justice Anin Yeboah as the President’s choice to succeed Justice Sophia Akuffo was made by the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Osei Owusu, on the floor of the House, Thursday.
Disclosing his decision, President Akufo-Addo expressed confidence that the Supreme Court judge has the capacity to ’eminently’ occupy the office of Ghana’s Chief Justice after Justice Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo, who retires on December 20, 2019.
The constitution gives the power of appointment to the president in article 144 clause (1) when it said, “the Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President acting in consultation with the Council of State and with the approval of Parliament.”
In accordance with this, Parliament has called on the public to submit “memoranda on the nominee” before December 20, 2019.
Parliament has also noted that attendance to the public hearing will be strictly by invitation.
To fulfil the requirements of the constitution, President Akufo-Addo detailed that he consulted the Council of Elders before making a decision to nominate Justice Anin Yeboah.
“In order to avoid a vacuum in the office of the Chief Justice following her retire, I decided to initiate the processes for the appointment of her successor. to that end a letter dated 2nd December 2018 pursuant to article 1441 of the constitution, I consulted with the council of state on my nominee, Mr. Justice Anin Yeboah, who has been at the court for the last 11 years and 5 years on the court of appeal prior to that to succeed Chief Justice Akuffo.”
“The council of Chief have notified me by letter under the hand of the chairperson dated 11th December 2019 of the successful completion of the consultation process. Thus, in accordance to article 1441 of the constitution, I write to inform you that I have nominated Justice Anin Yeboah for approval by parliament as the next Chief Justice… I fully satisfied that Justice Anin Yeboah is qualified and eminently fit to occupy the office of Chief Justice.”
Justice Anin Yeboah, who is currently a part-time lecturer in Civil Procedure and the Ghana Legal System at the Ghana School of Law, was appointed to the Supreme Court by President John Agyekum Kufuor in June 2008.
Prior to his appointment, he had served as a Justice of the High Court from 2002 to 2003 and a Justice of the Court of Appeal from 2003 to 2008.
He graduated from the Ghana School of Law in 1981.
He was tipped as one of the front-runners to be chosen for the position together with Justice Jones Dotse.