KNOW YOUR JUDGES: ELECTION PETITION CASE

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    1.Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah JSC

    Kwasi Anin Yeboah (born May 1953) is a Ghanaian lawyer and the current Chief Justice of Ghana. In December 2019, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo nominated Justice Anin-Yeboah as the Chief Justice of Ghana.

    Anin Yeboah was born in Toase in the Ashanti Region of Ghana .He attended Amaniampong Secondary School and Apam Secondary School and then moved to the University of Ghana and the Ghana School of Law where he graduated in 1981.After graduating from law school he served as an Assistant state Attorney at the Attorney General Office Koforidua.He proceeded to work as a partner at Afisem chambers at its koforidua Branch.He was later elected as the Eastern Regional Bar President.He served as a Justice of the Court of Appeal (2003-2008) and the High Court (2002-2003) in Ghana.Justice Anin Yeboah has also provided his legal experience to football in his country, serving as Chairman of the Appeal Committee at the Ghana football association from 2004 to 2008.He is currently the chairman of the Legal Aid Board and Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of The General Legal Council of Ghana.Anin-Yeboah was appointed to the supreme court of Ghana by President John Kufuor  in June 2008.Justice Anin Yeboah is currently the fourth longest-serving Justice of the Supreme Court.

    2.  Yaw Apau JSC

    Yaw Appau is a Ghanaian judge. He has been an active justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana since 2015.

    Appau was born on 2 August 1951 at Badu, a town in the Tain District of the Brong Ahafo Region.He begun schooling at the Wenchi West Primary School for his primary education and proceeded to the Bekwai Methodist Middle School for his Middle School Leaving Certificate.He was in Prempeh College in 1965 but was unable to complete his studies for his Ordinary-Level (‘O’-Level) certificate due to financial constraints.[2] He dropped out of the school in 1967 and enrolled at the Ajumako Teacher Training College where he obtained his Teachers’ Certificate “A”.He later received his Ordinary-Level (‘O’-Level) and Advanced-Level (‘A’-Level) certificates as a private candidate. In 1977, he entered the University of Ghana to study Law and Political Science and graduated in 1980 with his bachelor of arts degree in Law and Political Science.That same year, he proceeded to the Ghana School of Law and completed his studies in 1982.He was called to the Bar as a Barristerand Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghanain December 1982. He was called to the Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana in December 1982.In 1983, he was nominated to receive training in Havana, Cubafor a ten-month course in International Relations. He was appointed a member of the National Investigations Committee (NIC) upon his return in 1984.He resigned from  the NIC in May 1985 and entered private legal practice at Barimah Chambers, Sunyani

      On 1 September 1991, he was appointed a District Magistrate Grade 1 at the Sekondi District Magistrate Court (the court functioned as a Family Tribunal and a Juvenile Court). He worked as a District Magistrate from 1991 to 1995.  While working as a District Magistrate, he was the supervisor of the Shama and Cape Coast District Magistrate Courts. In 1996 he was appointed a Circuit Court Judge and posted to the Aflao Circuit Court. Four years later, he was promoted Justice of the High Court and later posted to the Ashanti Region to serve as the supervising High Court Judge of the region. In 2006 Appau was elevated to the position of an Appeal Court judge. While serving in that capacity, he was appointed on 8 October 2012 as the Sole  Commissioner of the Commission of Inquiry to look into Judgment Debts and other matters.He holds membership in associations locally and internationally, some of which include; the Association of Magistrates and Judges of Ghana (AMJG). He has also participated in various national and international conferences and also authored a number of papers on key topics.

    Justice Appau was nominated together Justice Gabriel Pwamang by the then president, John Mahama. He was subsequently vetted by parliament on 3 June 2015  and approved by consensus on 24 June 2015. He was sworn into office together with Gabriel Pwamang on Monday, 29 June 2015. He is part of a seven-member panel constituted by the Chief Justice, that will be hearing the 2020 election petition by John Mahama against The Electoral Commission of Ghana and Nana Akufo-Addo. 

    3. Kofi Marful-Sau JSC

    Samuel Kofi Marful-Sau is a Ghanaian judge. He is an active justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana.Marful-Sau was born in Assin Adubiase in the Central Region. After qualifying as a Barister-at-law 1984 he worked at the office of the Provisional National Defence Council and entered private legal practice prior to being called to the High Court bench in June 2002. He subsequently became an Appeal Court judge in 2006 and in 2018 he was appointed justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana.Marful-Sau was born on 3 February 1956 at Assin Adubiase in th the Assin South Districtof the Central Region.

    He begun his formal education at Methodist Primary School in Assin Adubiase from 1963 to 1965. He continued his elementary education at Sempe ‘1’ Primary and Middle School in Accra from 1965 to 1969, he later enrolled at the Urban Council Middle ‘A’ School at Mankessim where he studied from 1969 to 1972. His secondary school education begun at Assin Manso Secondary School, Assin Manso, he later moved to Feden High School where he studied from September 1973 to June 1974. He later enrolled at Breman Asikuma Secondary School in September 1974.There, he received his Ordinary Level (‘O’-Level) certificate in June 1977. He proceeded to Navrongo Secondary School in September 1977 and obtained his Advanced Level (‘A’-Level) certificate there in June 1979. He entered the University of Ghana in August 1979 and graduated with his bachelor of lawsdegree in July 1982. He continued at the Ghana School of Law where he received his Barister-at-Law in 1984. In September 2008 he entered the University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland to pursue a Masters’ degree (LL.M) in Petroleum Law and Policy. He graduated in October 2009.

    Marful-Sau was admitted to practice in Ghana as a Barrister-at-Law and Solicitor in 1984.He begun his career as a national service personnel working in the capacity of a Legal Assistant at the Castle Information Bureau Office of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) and briefly as a prosecutor in the office of the Special Public Prosecutor from August 1984 to July 1986. During the period of his national service, he was selected to study a six-month course in Intelligence Studies at the Security and Intelligence Academy in Moscow, Russia. In July 1986, he was attached to the office of the PNDC, he remained there until September 1987. A month later, Marful-Sau joined Vidal. L. Buckle and Company as a private legal practitioner.While in private practice, his areas of expertise included: Nationality, Immigration, Corporate, Commercial and Insurance Law.He remained in private legal practice until June 2002 when he was called to the bench as a judge of the High Court.While in private legal practice, Marful-Sau was a member of the Law Reform Commission from August 1998 to October 2005 and a member of the Ghana Frequency Regulation Control Board from 1993 to 1998.He rose through the ranks as a justice of the high court to a justice of the appeal court, serving in that capacity from November 2006 to 2018 when he was appointed justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana.

     Marful-Sau was nominated together with three other judges (Justice Agnes Dordzie, Justice Professor Nii Ashie Kotey and Justice Nene Amegatcher) by the president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo in 2018.After the names of the nominated judges were sent to parliament, there were claims that his appointment and the appointment of Justice Agnes Dordzie were rewards and not justified as their promotions occurred after they (Justice Samuel Marful-Sau and Justice Agnes Dordzie) recommended that the Electoral Commission Chair, Mrs. Charlotte Osei be removed from office.The government, however, dismissed these claims claiming the nominations were in consultation with the Council of State and based on the advice of the Judicial Council.

    He is part of a seven-member panel that will be hearing the 2020 election petition by John Mahama against The Electoral Commission of Ghana and Nana Akufo-Addo.

    4.Nene Abayateye Ofoe Amegatcher JSC

    Nene Abayateye Ofoe Amegatcher is a Ghanaian lawyer, academic and judge. He has been an active justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana since 2018.Amegatcher was born on 3 February 1953 at Suhum in the Eastern Region.He began his early education at the Suhum Presbyterian Primary School in 1958 and continued at Anumle Primary School in Achimota and Akropong Demonstration Primary School from 1960 to 1962 and from 1962 to 1964, respectively.He entered the AburiPresbyterian Boys’ Middle School where he obtained his Middle School leaving Certificate.In 1966 he proceeded to the Presbyterian Boys Secondary School for his Ordinary Level certificate (‘O’-Level) which he obtained in 1971.That same year he enrolled at the Accra Workers’ College to re-write the ‘O’-Level Mathematics, Economics and Government papers. In 1972, he entered Apam Secondary School for his Advanced Level certificate (‘A’-Level) which he obtained in 1974.

    He proceeded to the University of Ghana later that year to study Law and Political Science, graduating in 1977.He studied at the Ghana School of Law from 1978 to 1980 and was called to the bar upon completion in November 1980. Amegatcher holds a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the California State University, Sacramento which he obtained in 1996.He also obtained a certificate in Commercial Dispute Resolution from the United States Department of Commerce in 2001 and a certificate in Commercial Dispute Resolution (a World Bank modular course) from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). In 2006 he enrolled at the Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom, graduating in 2007 with an LL.M in Advanced Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

    After graduating from the University of Ghanain 1977, Amegatcher worked as a national service personnel at the headquarters of the National Council on Women Development.After completing his national service in 1978, he took up a teaching job at Odorgonno Secondary School where he taught until 1980 when he joined the staff of the Accra Polytechnic teaching Commercial Law and General principles of English and Ghanaian Law until 1990. While teaching, Amegatcher doubled as a private legal practitioner at the Nana Sarpong Ahenkorah and Company Law firm from 1980 to 1989.He joined the Sam Okudzeto and Associates firm as a partner in 1989 and became a managing partner at the firm from 2005 to 2018. He was a chief examiner in Law for the West African Examination Council, Ghana Commercial Examinations from 1988 to 2004 and an external examiner in Law for polytechnics in Ghana.Amegatcher became secretary of the Greater Accra Bar Association from 1987 to 1989 and the assistant secretary of the Ghana Bar Association from 1993 to 1995.He also served as the secretary of the Ghana Illiteracy and Resources Foundation from 1994 to 2003 and the chair of the pupilage Committee of the Ghana Bar Association from 2002 until 2012. From 2009 to 2012, he was the chair of the World Vision Ghana Advisory Board and since 2011, he has been a West African representative for the Commonwealth Lawyers Association Council.He was the president of the Ghana Bar Association  2017 to 2018.He is currently chair of the African Regional Hub of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association.Prior to his appointment to the bench of the Supreme Court of Ghana, he had been a senior lecturer at the Ghana School of Law, teaching Advocacy and Legal Ethics, and other Alternative Dispute Resolution courses. He is part of a seven-member panel constituted by the Chief Justice, that will be hearing the 2020 election petition by John Mahama against The Electoral Commission of Ghana and Nana Akufo-Addo

    Amegatcher was nominated together with three other judges (Justice Agnes Dordzie, Justice Samuel Marful-Sau and Justice Nii Ashie Kotey) by the president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo in 2018. He and Justice Agnes Dodzie were subsequently vetted on 24 August 2018, and were approved by parliament on 25 September 2018. He was sworn into office together with the other three nominated judges in October 2018.

    5. Nii Ashiie Kotey JSC

    Emmanuel Nii Ashie Kotey (born 2 October 1953) is a Ghanaian judge and academic. He has been an active justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana since his appointment in 2018.

    Kotey was born on 2 October 1953 at Osu, a suburb of Accra.He began schooling in 1959 at the New Ghana International School in Osu but left in 1962 to attend the Presbyterian Primary School at Ada Foah. In 1964, he enrolled at the Presbyterian Middle Boarding School at Osu. He proceeded to St. Thomas Aquinas Senior High School in 1966, where he obtained his Ordinary Level (‘O’-Level) certificate in 1971. He continued at Apam Senior High School that same year for his Advanced Level (‘A’-Level) certificate which he received in 1973. In October 1973, he entered the University of Ghana to study law at bachelor’s degree level. He graduated in June 1976 with his bachelor of laws degree.He proceeded to the United Kingdom to pursue a post graduate degree in Law (LL.M) which he obtained from the University of London in 1977.He received his doctorate degree from the same university in 1981 and returned to Ghana that same year to enroll at the Ghana School of Law in Accra.He completed his studies in 1982 and was called to the bar in that same year.

    Kotey became a lecturer at the University of Ghana in 1981.While a lecturer at the university, he worked as a Solicitor and Advocate at Azinyo Chambers in 1982. In 1999 he worked as a consultant at Kotey and Associates until 2007 when he was appointed Chief Executive of the Ghana Forestry Commission.He was dean of the University of Ghana Faculty of Law from 2003 to 2007 and from 2005 to 2007 he served as the acting director of the Ghana School of Law.He was a visiting scholar to the Pritzker School of Law, Chicago from May to June 2001, a visiting professor of Human Rights and Democratization in Africa to the Center for Human Rights at the University of Pretoriafrom March to April 2001, a visiting scholar at the Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom in March 2000 and at the Faculty of Law of the University of Leiden, Netherlands from August to September 1999, and a visiting professor at the College of Law, Stetson University, Florida USA in 1997

    Kotey was nominated together with three other judges (Justice Agnes Dordzie, Justice Samuel Marful-Sau and Justice Nene Amegatcher) by the president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo in 2018.He together with the three judges were recommended to the president by the three nominating bodies, the Chief Justice of Ghana, Attorney General of Ghana and the Ghana Bar Association. A letter was sent to the president by the then Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo on behalf of the Judicial Council to recommend the judges to the president.The president in March 2018 consulted the Council of State requesting their counsel as is required by law and approved the nominations based on the advise of the council.The names of the Judges were sent to parliament and he appeared before the Appointment’s Committee of Parliament on Thursday, 23 August 2018. He together with the three other nominated judges were approved by parliament on 25 September 2018 and sworn into office in October 2018.

    He is part of a seven-member panel that will be hearing the 2020 election petition by John Mahama against The Electoral Commission of Ghana and Nana Akufo-Addo

    6.Mariama Owusu JSC 

    Mariama Owusu  is a Ghanaian jurist. Currently a judge of the Appeal Court, she was nominated Supreme Court Judge in November 2019 and vetted on 9 December 2019. She was sworn in on 17 December 2019. Prior to her appointment, she had served on the bench for thirty-eight (38) years

    Mariama Owusu  hails from Beposo in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. She had her secondary education at T.I. Ahmadiyya Secondary School, Kumasi (T.I. Amass) from Form One to Upper Six. She begun serving on the bench as a District Magistrate from 1990 to 1992. She became a Circuit Court judge in 1992 and served in that capacity until 2000 when she was made a High Court judge. In 2003, she was appointed as the supervising High Court judge for Sunyani until 2005. She remained a High Court judge until 2006 when she sat on the Court of Appeal. She had been a justice of the Court of Appeal until her nomination for the role of Supreme Court Judge in November 2019. She was sworn into office on 17 December 2019.

    Justice Owuoa has served as the president of the Ghana Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges for a period of four years. She has also served as a member of the Ethics Committee of the Judicial Service. From 2010 to 2014, she was a member of the Performing Assets Committee, Judicial Service. She is part of a seven-member panel that will be hearing the 2020 election petition by John Mahama against The Electoral Commission of Ghana and Nana Akufo-Addo.

    7. Gertrude Torkornoo JSC

    Gertrude Torkornoo is a Ghanaian judge and author. Formerly a judge of the Appeal Court, she was nominated Supreme Court Judge in November 2019 and vetted on 10 December 2019.She was sworn in on 17 December 2019.Aside law she has authored books, plays, academic essays, articles and presentations.

    Gertrude Torkornoo hails from Winneba in the Central Region of Ghana. She was born on 11 September 1962 in Cape Coast. She had her secondary education at Wesley Girls’ High School for her ordinary level certificate and Achimota School for her advanced level certificate. She had her tertiary education at the University of Ghana and completed the Ghana School of Law in 1986

    Prior to joining Fugar & Co., a law firm in Accra as a pupil associate, Torkornoo worked as a volunteer at the FIDA Legal Aid Service and had her internship at Nabarro Nathanson in London. She returned to the firm (Fugar & Co., a law firm) in 1994 to become its director. In January 1997, she became a Managing Partner at Sozo Law Consult until May 2004 when she was appointed a Justice at the High Court of Ghana. She worked as a High Court judge until October 2012 when she was elevated to the Court of Appeal. She had been a justice of the Court of Appeal until her nomination for the role of Supreme Court Judge in November 2019.She was sworn into office on 17 December 2019.

    Prior to her appointment as Supreme Court justice, Torkornoo has held a number of leadership positions, some of which include; Supervising Judge of Commercial Courts, Chair of the Editorial Committee of Association of Magistrates and Judges, Chief Editor for the development of Judicial Ethics Training Manual, Vice-Chair of the E-Justice Steering/Oversight Committee and Vice-Chair of the Internship and Clerkship Programme for the Judiciary. She is also a Faculty Member of the Judicial Training Institute and a member of the Governing Board of the Judicial Training Institute.

    She is part of a seven-member panel hearing the 2020 election petition by John Mahamaagainst The Electoral Commission of Ghanaand Nana Akufo-Addo.