The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo has appointed four justices to the Supreme Court following an advice by the Judicial Council.
In a signed letter presented to the Speaker of Parliament, Mike Oquaye, the President in accordance with Article 144 clause 2 of the 1992 constitution and the Judicial Council advice, has appointed Justice Samuel K. Marful-Sau, Justice Agnes M. A Dordzie, Prof. Nii Ashie Kotey and Nene A.O Amegatcher.
According to the letter, Akufo-Addo had extensive consultation with the Council of State for the appointment of the Supreme Court Justices.
Parliament is required to approve, or otherwise, the president’s appointment at the plenary.
Profile of appointed Justices
Mr Nene Amegatcher is a former president of the Ghana Bar Association, a member of the Ghana General Legal Council, and the Managing Partner of Sam Okudzeto & Associates. He has over 31 years of experience as a barrister and solicitor. He has been a consultant to the World Bank on Administrative Law, Arbitration and ADR mechanisms under its Legal Sector Reform Project.
Professor Nii Ashie Kotey is the former Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Legon and acting Director of the Ghana School of Law. He was a director of the Ghana Legal Literacy and Resource Foundation and the General Legal Council. Prof Kotey was an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, and for over 30 years, he was involved in development of higher education and civic issues.
Justice Marful-Sau is a justice of the Appeal Court. On April 10, 2010, he acquitted Mr Kwadwo Mpiani and Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby on charges of causing financial loss to the state in the [email protected] saga. In dismissing the case against the two government officials, Justice Marful-Sau held that the findings of a Commission of Inquiry could not be the basis of criminal charges against the two.
Justice Agnes M.A Dodzie is a justice of the Appeals court. She has served on a number of committees such as the Dordzie Committee involving cocaine-turned sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) saga. She was also a member of the Chief Justice’s five-member committee involving the impeachment of the Electoral Commissioners.