In June, Her Ladyship Justice Gertrude Araba Esaaba Torkornoo, an alumna of the International Institute of Social Studies, was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Ghana. She completed her Master of Arts in Development Studies in 2001, specializing in international law and organizational development.
In Ghana, the judiciary system comprises several courts, including the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the High Court, and the Magistrate (district) Court. The chief justice holds the most elevated position in this hierarchy and serves as an administrator and supervisor. Justice Torkornoo was nominated to the Office of Chief Justice in April and is now the third woman to hold the position in Ghana's history. She served in the Supreme Court in 2019 as a Justice and the Supervising Judge of the Commercial Courts in Ghana.
Her extensive leadership experience includes positions such as Vice-chair of the E-Justice Steering/Oversight Committee and Vice-chair of the Internship and Clerkship Programme for the Judiciary. Justice Torkornoo has also contributed significantly to legal knowledge, authoring several articles on interest rates and debt sustainability, commercial law, judicial ethics, and leadership. She is the fifteenth Chief Justice of Ghana. We congratulate Her Ladyship Justice Torkornoo on her appointment and wish her continued success in her important role.