BY Adom Boamah
Justice Kwesi Anin Yeboah has been sworn in as the Chief Justice of Ghana at the Jubilee house on Ghana’s Constitution day.
The Chief Justice is the fourth official and also the head of Ghana’s Judiciary. The vetting of the now Chief Justice Anin Yeboah, was held on December 2019 where he won the support of the parliament.
He is the first Chief Justice to be appointed in 12 years. Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo is on retirement giving Chief Justice Anin the opportunity to replace her.
He was made the High Court Judge In 2002 for a year, an appeal court judge from 2003 to 2008. He also had an appointment onto the apex court and the Supreme Court in 2008 by former president John Agyekum Kufuor. Chief Justice Anin is currently the chair of the legal Aid commission’s government board
At the swearing in ceremony, the new Chief Justice expressed appreciation to the president of Ghana for having confidence in him and also the exceptional privilege being handed to him as the new Chief Justice.
The Constitution day is observed as a public holiday to remind Ghanaians of the laws of the land, and their duties as citizens to maintain and protect it.
The constitution came into existence on the 7th of January, 1993, the reason for the chosen date as a constitution day to be observed. The recognition of this day began on 7th January, 2019 by the government in power thus New Patriotic Party.
There were controversies surrounding the appointment of Chief Justice Anin Yeboah, with some Justices not in support of his appointment. Some Justices stated that Justice Dotse, a senior justice himself, was a more appropriate candidate.
Others think the president never goes wrong with his appointments and that that makes him the right candidate.