It's very clear beyond doubt that indeed Ghana is really blessed with several legal experts.
On the international front, Ghanaian legal professionals continue to compete favourably with others from other continents.
Amidst all these excellent recognitions and reputations, the country continues to suffer helplessly from this politically-motivated canker called corruption, newly coined by the writer as 'serpentiology'.
Its nature and features are extremely complex for one to clearly understand less to talk of mitigating or completely eradicating it from the Ghanaian social structure.
Since corruption has varied and compounded composition, the judicial system cannot be exempted from this very blame.
People sometimes wonder if our judicial service is really doing what is expected of it, especially looking at how the rate of corruption is increasing geometrically currently in the country.
However, justice administration and judgement is one difficult and tiresome task which cannot be concluded on the face value, even if you have evidence to dispute or reverse it.
What is sometimes quite perplexing to some people is the fact that we have had a series of people who have served in the office of Attorney General and Ministry of Justice, but our fight against corruption is nothing to write home about.
Meanwhile, there are other distinguished individuals who have consistently availed themselves in a very servant and patriotic manner to always lead the course in this very Herculean war.
In this article, we are going to learn more about a host of Ghanaian judges, whom per their competencies, qualities or track record, have been able to make it to the list of top/best judges in the country.
The first personality on the list is Justice Emmanuel Nii Ashie Kotey
He obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Ghana, Legon Law Faculty after earning his Ordinary Level Certificate and Advanced Level Certificate from St. Thomas Acquinas Senior High School and Apam Secondary School respectively.
Justice Kotey currently serves in the Supreme Court of Ghana as a Judge.
2. Justice Sophia Abena Boafo Akuffo
She commenced her work a judge of Ghana's Apex in 1965, and in 2017, she became the Chief Justice of Ghana.
Due to her excellent judicial service work, she was elected as one the first judges of the African Court on Human Rights and People's Rights.
She has over the years served as the Chairperson of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force and a member of the Governing Committee of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute.
Justice Akuffo is an alumnus of the University of Ghana Law Faculty, and Ghana School of Law, Makola and an old student of Wesley Girls'Senior High School, Cape Coast, Ghana.
3. Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah
He is the man of the moment, and mostly known for pronouncing a judgement on the 2020 Election Petition in the Apex Court.
He is regarded as one of the longest-serving serving judges of the Supreme Court of Ghana.
When it was time to select a judge to fill in the position of Chief Justice, his name stood tall among his competitors.
Justice Anin-Yeboah is an old student of Amaniampong Secondary School and Apam Secondary School, where he obtained his Ordinary Level Certificate and Advanced Level Certificate respectively.
He hails from Toase in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
4. Justice Jones Victor Mawulom Dotse
His record as a judge is just remarkable. He currently serves as the Chairman of the University Council of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana, as well as a renowned Gambian Supreme Court Judge.
Dotse obtained his secondary education at Ghana's prestigious Achimota School, and furthered his education at the University of Ghana, Legon, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws Degree in 1976.
He then proceeded to the Ghana School of Law, Makola, Ghana for his Barrister-at-Law Certificate, and in 1978, he was called to the Ghana Bar.
5. Justice Nasiru Sulemana Gbadegbe
Nasiru has a track record as one of the most competent and longest-serving legal professionals in the country.
He is a product of the University of Ghana, Legon School of Law and Ghana School of Law, Makola, where he obtained his Bachelor of Law Degree in 1973 and Qualifying Law Certificate in 1975 respectively.
6. Justice Yaw Appau
He has since 2015 been a very committed and competent judge of the Supreme Court of Ghana.
He initially obtained Teacher's Certificate 'A' from the Ajumako Teacher Training College after dropping out of Prempeh College due to troubling financial challenges.
He then wrote his Ordinary Level and Advanced Level Certificates as a private candidate.
Justice Yaw Appau further obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Ghana, Legon School of Law.
7. Justice Julius Ansah
During his active service to the nation, he served as a Judge of Ghana's Apex Court for more than a decade (from 2004 to 2020) and acted as the country's Chief Justice (from 2019 to 2020).
Justice Ansah is an alumnus of the University of Ghana, Legon School of Law.
He is also an old student of Ofori Panin Senior High School and Prempeh College, where he obtained his Ordinary Level Certificate and Advanced Level Certificate respectively.
8. Justice Nene Abayateye Ofoe Amegatcher
He is an old student of Presbyterian Boys' Senior High School, Legon, Accra Workers' College and Apam Secondary School.
He failed three of his papers at Presbyterian Boys' Senior High School and rewrote them at Accra Workers' College, and further obtained his Advanced Level Certificate from Apam Secondary School.
Justice Nene is a judge of Ghana's Apex Court, a Professor at the Ghana School of Law, Makola and the Chairman of the African Regional Hub of Commonwealth Lawyers Association.
9. Justice Mariama Owusu
She was a member of the panel who presided over the 2020 Election Petition in the Apex Court of Ghana.
Justice Owusu is an Alumnus of the University of Ghana, Legon Law School, and an old student of T.I Ahmadiyya Secondary School, Kumasi, Ghana.
10. Justice Paul Kwadwo Baffoe-Bonnie
Justice Baffoe-Bonnie is a retired Judge of Ghana's Apex Court.
He is an alumnus of the University of Ghana, Legon and Ghana School of Law, Makola.
He is also an old student of Konongo Odumase Secondary School.
He hails from Goase-Mempeasem, Ghana.
11. Justice Gertrude Torkornoo
She is currently a Judge of the Supreme Court of Ghana and a Faculty Member of the Governing Board of Ghana's Judicial Training Institute.
After obtaining her Ordinary Level Certificate and Advanced Level Certificate from Ghana's prestigious Wesley Girls' Senior High School respectively, she then proceeded to the University of Ghana, Legon for her Bachelor of Laws Degree.
12. Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga
He doubles as Ghana's Supreme Court Judge and the Paramount Chief of the Nyagbo Traditional Area in the Volta Region of Ghana.
He is an alumnus of the Faculty of Law of the University of Ghana, Legon.
13. Justice Samuel Marful-Sau
Justice Marful-Sau is a judge of Ghana's Apex Court.
After obtaining his Ordinary Level Certificate and Advanced Level Certificate from Breman Asikuma Secondary School and Navrongo Secondary School respectively, he then proceeded to the Faculty of Law of the University of Ghana, Legon for his Bachelor of Laws Degree.
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