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The Role of the Judiciary in Protecting Human Rights and Advancing Access to Justice in Ghana, Featuring the Current Chief Justice of Ghana

On February 8, 2011, Her Ladyship Chief Justice Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood addressed an audience on the role of the judiciary in Ghana. Chief Justice Wood has had a distinguished career on the Bench spanning over 35 years. She is the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana, having been appointed in 2007, and the first woman in Ghana to be elevated to this high office. She is also a leader of reforms aimed to mainstream alternative dispute resolution in Ghanaian courts and promote access to justice and the rule of law. Chief Justice Wood served for three years as a public prosecutor before joining the Bench as a district court magistrate in 1973. She then rose through the hierarchy of the court system culminating in her appointment to the highest judicial office in Ghana.