How comforting and fulfilling it is to wholeheartedly serve humanity after acquiring all the skills, knowledge, values and transformational principles from school, family, religious organization, and society?
Everyone is a student of life, so as we grow and transition from one stage to another, we continue to learn, unlearn and relearn life processes and event in order to become the best version of ourselves.
Some came, they saw and conquered, and left an indelible mark for us to emulate and even do more than they did.
When it comes to high ranking positions pertaining to the governing affairs of the country, it requires fearless, bold, selfless, highly committed and God-fearing individuals to champion such course.
Among all the arms of Ghanaian Government, the Judiciary stands tall.
It's regarded as the most respected and trusted sector of the nation since it sets out disciplinary measures and consistently regulates the behaviours, conducts, and practices of citizens including other sectors of the economy.
This is why we need men and women who are deeply immersed in high level of integrity, probity, accountability, selflessness, justice, service and willing and genuine heart to take up that mantle.
In this article, we are going to comprehensively trace the historical trends of all the Chief Justices of the Fourth Republic (Ghana), including their educational background (particularly Senior High School each attended), coupled with their track record and achievements.
The first person on the list is Justice Philip Edward Archer
The former Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the University of Cape Coast, Registrar-General, England and Wales Supreme Court Solicitor and the first Chief Justice of the Fourth Republic, was born on February 22, 1925 at Abontiakrom, Tarkwa in the Western Region of Ghana.
Justice Archer became a Chief Justice of Ghana from 1991 to 1995. Prior to that, he served as the Pro-Chancellor of UCC, and the chairman of the University's Council for four years (from 1979 to 1983).
Among other roles he had earlier assumed include Registrar-General (1951), Judicial Secretary (1961), High Court Judge (1964) as well as a Supreme Court Judge in 1980.
The top-notch judicial expert also served as a full-time Chairman of the Law Reform Commission, Ghana.
While living in England and Wales, the renowned Ghanaian Justice served as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of those countries in 1957.
Before death laid its icy hands on him, Justice Archer received the Order of the Star of Ghana Honour in 2000.
Justice Edward had his education initially at St. Peter's School in Sekondi-Takoradi, Western Region, Ghana. He then proceeded to Adisadel College, Cape Coast for his secondary education.
The renowned judge furthered his education at the University of Nottingham, England.
2. Justice Isaac Kobina Donkor Abban
The former Chief Justice of Seychelles, the 1978 Union Government (UNIGOV) Referendum Electoral Commissioner and 2nd Chief Justice of the Fourth Republic was born in 1933 at Agona Nkum, a town in the Central Region of Ghana.
Justice Abban was well-known for his appointment as an Electoral Commissioner, where he was tasked to supervise the 1978 Union Government Referendum in the era of the Supreme Military Council (SMC).
He was still a High Court Judge while assuming that role. He was such a brave and multitasking individual who was really committed to giving his all to the nation, and indeed, he served in his full capacity.
However, the renowned judicial expert started gaining grounds in Seychelles after he left Ghana for a while, and between 1990 and 1993, he was made the country's Chief Justice.
He excellently performed his responsibilities required by law in that country, and obviously as a very patriotic citizen, there was no way he was going to stay in Seychelles forever so he returned to Ghana to continue with the work due him.
After working with the judicial service for a while, he received an appointment to work in Ghana's apex court, Supreme Court.
And in 1995, late President Jerry John Rawlings appointed him as the country's Chief Justice, and he served in that capacity for 6 years (from 1995 to 2001).
Justice Abban completed one of the Nation's prestigious secondary schools, Mfantsipim School in 1951.
He then proceeded to study law at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. And on June 24, 1958, he was called to the English Bar.
Undoubtedly, Mfantsipim School must be proud of him.
The International judge died on April 21, 2001 following some heath complications.
3. Justice Edward Kwame Wireku
The former High Court Judge, 3rd Chief Justice of the Fourth Republic and the brain behind the introduction of Fast Track High Courts in Ghana, Alternative Dispute Resolution and the Judicial Institute was born in 1936 in Ghana.
He is also known for his commitment and strong advocacy towards the attainment of independence of the judiciary arm of government.
After he was called to the English Bar in 1960, he served on the bench for 34 years.
In 1969, the experienced law expert rose to become a High Court Judge of Ghana, and in 1980, he received an appointment as an Appeal Court Judge.
Justice Wiredu was further elevated to join the Supreme Court Bench in 1990.
During the Kufour-led administration, he was appointed a Chief Justice of the country in November, 2001.
Justice Edward Wiredu initially had his secondary education at Accra Academy in Accra, Ghana. He then furthered at the Adisadel College in Cape Coast, Central Region, Ghana.
Justice Wiredu is also a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana (then Kumasi College of Science and Technology).
4. Justice George Kingsley Acquah
The former Chairman of the Tender Board of the Judicial Service (Ghana), Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education of the Judicial Service, Member of Ghana's Judicial Council, Patron of Commonwealth Legal Education Association (London, UK) and fourth Chief Justice of the Fourth Republic was born on March 4, 1942 in Sekondi in the Western Region of Ghana.
The former Ho High Court Judge was elevated to the position of Appeal Court Judge in 1994, and in 1995, he became a Supreme Court Judge.
On 4th July, 2003, Justice Acquah was appointed a Chief Justice of Ghana by former president John Agyekum Kufour, and he served in that capacity until he died from cancer on March 25, 2007.
Prior to his demise, he was awarded the Order of the Star of Ghana (the highest honour of the country) in June 2006.
The renowned legal expert was married with six children.
Before proceeding to Adisadel College in Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana, Justice Acquah attended Half Assini Methodist School, Cape Coast Methodist School, Ashanti Bekwai Methodist School, Akim Oda Methodist School, Nkawkaw Methodist School as well as Dunkwa-on-Offin Anglican School.
In 1967 and 1970, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and LLB from the University of Ghana, Legon respectively.
After attaining his Professional Certificate from the Ghana Law School, he was called to the Ghana Bar in 1972.
Justice Kingsley Acquah was proudly an old student of Ghana's prestigious Adisadel College.
5. Justice Georgina Theodora Wood
The former Police Prosecution Officer, Ringway Gospel Centre Assemblies of God Church Choir Leader, Board Member of Global Justice Center (New York, United States) and the first female Chief Justice of the Fourth Republic was born on June 8, 1947 in Ghana.
Justice Wood, who was formerly a Deputy Superintendent and Public Prosecutor at the Ghana Police Service, further became a District Magistrate in 1974, and in 1991 she became Appeal Court presiding judge.
In 2002, she was appointed a Supreme Court judge by the second president of the Fourth Republic, John Agyekum Kufour, and she served in that capacity for 15 years (from 2002 to 2017).
The renowned female legal expert was nominated and sworn-in as the first female Chief Justice of the Fourth Republic in June 2007.
Due to her excellent service to the nation, particularly the Judicial Service, Justice Wood was honoured with the nation's highest honour, the Order of the Star of Ghana.
She was also a member of the Kenya Judges and Magistrate Vetting Board.
Currently, Justice Theodora Wood is a member of the Council of the State.
She is happily married to a retired banker, Edwin Wood.
Justice Wood commenced her basic education at Bishop's Girls School, and further went to Methodist Schools at Dodowa.
Justice Wood later joined Kumasi's Mmofratuo Girls School between 1958 and 1960.
In 1966, she completed Ghana's prestigious Wesley Girls' High School in Cape Coast, Ghana, and further gained admission into the University of Ghana, Legon to study LL.B.
After completing in 1970, Justice Theodora Wood further completed a Postgraduate Officers Training Course at the Ghana Police College.
I'm pretty sure Wesley Girls'High School is really proud of her.
6. Justice Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo
The member of the Governing Committee of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, Chairperson of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force, former President and Vice-President of African Court on Human and People's Rights and 6th Chief Justice of the Fourth Republic was born on December 20, 1949 in Akropong-Akuapem, Ghana.
Justice Akuffo had his secondary education at one of Ghana's popular female schools, Wesley Girls' High School in Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana.
She further gained admission into the University of Ghana, Legon to study Bachelor of Laws Degree.
Justice Sophia Akuffo proceeded to the Ghana School of Law, and after passing her Professional Law Course, she received a qualification to practice as a barrister.
The renowned judge further gained admission to do a master's degree in law at Harvard University.
She is also known to have been trained as a lawyer under president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
After serving as a judge in the Supreme Court for 22 years, Justice Akuffo was appointed a Chief Justice by H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on June 19, 2017, and he served in that capacity till December 20, 2019.
Even after her retirement, she was further appointed by President Akufo-Addo as the Chairperson of the country's COVID-19 Fund on February 28, 2020.
Justice Sophia Akuffo has one daughter and two grandchildren.
6. Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah
The Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the 67th FIFA Congress (Bahrain), Chairman of the FIFA Ethics Committee, Ghana Law School Part-Time Lecturer, current Chairman of the Legal Aid Board, Lawyer and 7th Chief Justice of the Fourth Republic, was born in May 1953 in Toase in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
The former Eastern Regional Bar President attained his secondary education at Amaniampong Secondary School as well as Apam Secondary School.
He further gained admission into the University of Ghana, Legon, and in 1981, he graduated from the Ghana School of Law.
The current fourth longest-serving Supreme Court judge earlier served as an Assistant State Attorney at the Koforidua Attorney General Office as well as a High Court Judge and Appeal Court Judge from 2002 to 2003 and from 2003 to 2008 respectively.
Justice Anin-Yeboah is well-known for his rich expertise and experience in writing of judgement in Constitutional matters as well as civil and criminal cases.
On the international front, he was a member of the Adjudicatory Chamber of FIFA.
Locally, between 2004 and 2008, Justice Anin-Yeboah served as the Chairman of the Appeal Committee at the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
In December 2019, Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah was appointed, vetted and approved as the 7th Chief Justice of the Fourth Republic.
Currently, he is part of the seven-member panel hearing the 2020 Election Petition in the Supreme Court.
I believe strongly that Amaniampong Secondary School and Apam Secondary School are really proud of him.
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