Atuguba retires, Nana Addo appoints 4 supreme court judges

Justice William Atuguba

One of the longest serving judges of the Supreme Court, Justice William Atuguba, has retired after 44 years with the Judiciary.

His retirement took effect July 1, 2018 and a send off party has been held for him.

He was appointed as Supreme Court justice on November 30, 1995 during the era of former President JJ Rawlings.

During the famous 2012 Election Petition, Justice Atuguba, was the president of the nine-member panel which gave legitimacy to the Electoral Commission’s declaration of John Mahama as winner of the general polls.

He was first enrolled as a magistrate on 3 October 1974. He has worked as a private lawyer and served as a prosecutor and state attorney before being appointed a Supreme Court Judge. He was the acting Chief Justice from May 25, 2016 until June 3, 2016 while Justice Georgina Theodora Woode was outside the country on official duties.

Meanwhile, President Nana Akufo-Addo has nominated four new justices to be appointed to be the Supreme Court.

This was made known by the First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu on the Floor of the House today, Tuesday [July 3, 2018], following a statement the Presidency sent to Parliament.

The four are: Justice Samuel K. Marful-Sau (Justice of Appeal), Justice Agnes M. A. Dordzie (Justice of Apeal), Prof. Nii Ashie Kotey (former Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Legon) and Nene A. O. Amegatcher (private legal practitioner and former President of the Ghana Bar Association).

Currently, there are 12 justices of the Supreme Court.

They are expected to be vetted by Parliament’s Appointment Committee.

The statement said the president made the appointments “pursuant to Article 144 (2) of the Constitution,” the Judicial Council’s advice and in consultation with the Council of State.

 

“Upon receipt of the Judicial Council’s advice, and in accordance with my duty under Article 144 (2), I consulted with the Council of State by submitting the names and curricula vitae of the nominees for appointment to the Supreme Court. The Council of State has notified my office that the consultation process for the appointment of the nominees as Justices of the Supreme Court is now completed.”

“I am, therefore, in accordance with Article 144 (2), seeking the approval of Parliament for the appointment of the nominees as Justices of the Supreme Court….Mr. Speaker, it is my respectful hope and expectation that the approval of the nominees will proceed expeditiously, to enable them assume office as soon as practicable,” the President added in the statement