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Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah( Chief Justice of Ghana) , Biography

Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah( Chief Justice of Ghana)
Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah( Chief Justice of Ghana)

Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah is a highly regarded Ghanaian lawyer, a jurist, and the current Chief Justice of Ghana.

Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah’s oath of office as the 14th Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana was taken on January 7, 2020.

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Date and Place of Birth

Kwesi Anin Yeboah was born in May 1953 in Toase, Ashanti Region.

Age

Justice Kwesi Annin Yeboah is currently 68 years old – 2021.

Education

He received his education at Amaniampong Secondary School and Apam Secondary School before attending the University of Ghana and the Ghana School of Law, where he graduated in 1981.

Career

During his time as an Assistant State Attorney at Koforidua’s Attorney-General’s Office, he was elected Eastern Regional President of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA).

Then from 2003 to 2008, he served as a judge of the Court of Appeal and the High Court.

Anin Yeboah served as Chairman of the Appeals Panel of the Ghana Football Association between 2004 and 2008 and rose to become a member of the Adjudicatory Chamber of FIFA.

As of May 2017, he was Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the 67th FIFA Congress in Bahrain. He was also Chairman of the FIFA Ethics Committee.

Former President Kufuor appointed justice Anin Yeboah to the Supreme Court of Ghana in June 2008.

He is also the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council of Ghana and the Chairman of the Legal Aid Board in Ghana.

Appointment as chief justice


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo nominated Justice Kwesi Anin Yeboah to succeed Sophia Akuffo as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana in December 2019.

Following a successful vetting process, Justice Anin Yeboah became Ghana’s 14th Chief Justice on 7 January 2020.

2020 Election Petition Hearing

The Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah dismissed the election petition which sort for a re-run of the 2020 election by the Petitioner, John Dramani Mahama who is the presidential candidate of NDC.

John Mahama was challenging the election on the basis that his contender Nana Akufo-Addo and the other eight presidential candidates did not attain the mandatory 50%+1 vote constitutional threshold to be declared the winner of the polls.

Chief Justice Bribery Allegation

A private legal practitioner, Kwasi Afrifa, has made shocking claims against Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah before the General Legal Council.

Kwasi Afrifa, in a letter he wrote in response to a complaint filed against him (the lawyer) by Ogyeedom Obranu Kwesi Atta VI, the chief of the Efutu and Gomoa Adjumako Traditional Area, made startling allegations against Chief Justice Anin-Yeboah.

The letter, dated 12 July 2021 and signed by the Judicial Secretary, Justice Cynthia Pamela Addo, notes: “The attention of His Lordship the Chief Justice has been drawn to copies of letters from a Lawyer (Akwasi Afrifa, Esq) and his client, the plaintiff in the matter of OGYEEDOM OBRANU KWESI ATTA IV v GHANA TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY & LANDS COMMISSION, to the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council, and which letters are making rounds on social media. His Lordship is saddened that without any shred of evidence, his name has been dragged into this sordid and potentially criminal matter.”

The Judicial Secretary’s letter notes further: “His Lordship confirms that he does not know the plaintiff and has not met or seen him anywhere, except in the courtroom when he rises to announce his name when his case is called. His Lordship asserts that he has had no personal interaction either with the plaintiff or his lawyer on this matter or in any other matter. His Lordship further asserts that he has not demanded or received any money from any person to influence any decision in this matter or any other matter.”

In response, Chief Justice Kwesi Anin Yeboah has dismissed allegations levelled against him, to the effect, that he demanded a $5million bribe to influence a case pending before the Supreme Court.

A letter to the Inspector General of Police July 12, attention the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), and signed by the Judicial Secretary, Justice Cynthia Pamela Addo, said, “His Lordship asserts that he has not demanded or received any money from any person to influence any decision in this matter or any other matter.”

The letter further indicated that the Chief Justice, “does not know the plaintiff and has not met or seen him anywhere, except in the courtroom when he rises to announce his name when his case is called. His Lordship asserts that he has had no personal interaction either with the plaintiff or his lawyer on this matter or in any other matter.”

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