The letter was read by the 1st Deputy Speaker of Parliament, who referred the nomination to the Appointments Committee for vetting.
In the letter to the Council of State, Akufo-Addo said, “I have decided to begin the process of appointment now. Article 144 (1) of the constitution, which governs the appointment of a Chief Justice, requires that I, first consult with the council of state before seeking the approval of Parliament.”
If approved, Justice Torkornoo will be the third female Chief Justice in the history of Ghana after Justices Georgina Theodora Wood and Sophia Akuffo.
Justice Torkornoo is currently a member of the Supreme Court and will need to be vetted by Parliament before her nomination can be approved.