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The Chief Justice, Gertrude Araba Essaba Torkonoo, has touted President Akufo-Addo as the “most distinguished legal practitioner” in the history of Ghana’s legal trajectory.

Madam Torkonoo, while welcoming members to the 2024 Africa Conference of the International Association of Women Judges acknowledged the support of the President to the Judiciary, and lauded his democratic credentials and belief in the rule of law.

She lauded his contribution to the Judiciary as a living example of the rule of law, whilst extolling the investment the President has made in infrastructure for the Arm of Government.

“We appreciate the strong support we have received from the office of the president. The co-rumination of this support is the presence of His Excellency with us this morning who will officially be opening this conference.

“His Excellency is a lawyer and champion of justice and his name is definably hatched in the legal history of this country as the most distinguished legal practitioner. His belief in the rule of law has been evident during his tenure as president and the judicial service of Ghana has been a beneficiary of the exceptional level of physical and technological infrastructure during this period,” she stated.

Meanwhile, the President noted that his accomplishments in the Judiciary in terms of infrastructure enhancement, is unprecedented.

The conference, themed ‘The Role of Women Judges in Combatting Negative Cultural Practices in Contemporary Times,’ served as a platform to discuss pertinent issues concerning gender equality and judicial activism.

President Akufo-Addo, speaking to the jurists expressed the need for infrastructure to be prioritised in ensuring the theme of the programme is attained.

“Indeed, since I assumed office in 2017, my government has made unprecedented progress in the provision of court buildings and residences for judges around the country.

“In 2020, we set out to construct 100 courthouses with residential facilities nationwide. As of February 2024, seventy-nine courthouses have been successfully inaugurated and are in use in various parts of the country. The remaining 21 projects are at various stages of completion and are expected to be completed and inaugurated soon, at least before I leave office,” he indicated.

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