President Akufo-Addo has named three Court of Appeal Justices to fill the vacancies on the Supreme Court bench, resulting from the mandatory retirement of three Justices earlier this year.
The appointed Justices are Henry Anthony Cofie, Yaw Asare Darko, and Richard Agyei Frimpong.
The President’s decision comes after the retirements of Justice Nene Abayeteye Ofoe Amegatcher in February 2023, former Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah in May 2023, and Justice Jones Dotse in June 2023.
The appointment has been referred to the Parliament’s Appointments Committee for consideration and report by the First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei-Owusu.
“Over the last few months, in February, May and June respectively, three vacancies have been created on the Supreme Court bench which now by convention having regard to its excessive jurisdiction comprises the Chief Justice and 15 other court justices.
These vacancies have occurred as a result of the mandatory retirement of Justice Nene Abayeteye Ofoe Amegatcher, on 3rd February 2023, former Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah on 24th May 2023, and Justice Jones Dotse on 8th June 2023. There are now 13 justices of the Supreme Court including the Chief Justice, Gertrude Torkornoo,” an excerpt of the President’s letter to Parliament read.
The Supreme Court bench now comprises the Chief Justice and 13 other Justices.