The Chief Justice Her Ladyship Georgina Theodora Wood will start her retirement on Wednesday June 7, 2017 after serving a ten-year term.
She is the first woman to have occupied that position, all the chief justices Ghana have had were all males.
A thanksgiving service was done in her honour at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Accra on Tuesday June 6, 2017, which witnessed people from the clergy, politicians, lawyers and others.
The ceremony brought together officials of Ghana’s justice system, the clergy, politicians, family, friends and the general public to draw the curtain down on her 10-year tenure as Chief Justice.
The service was graced by notables in the judiciary and legislature like the new Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo; Justice Jones Dotse; the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Michael Ocquaye; the Minority Leader, Haruna Idrissu, among others.
Justice Sophia A.B Akuffo takes over from her.
Her Ladyship will automatically join the Council of State.
Her Ladyship Georgina Wood (née Lutterodt) was born on 8 June 1947 in Ghana.
She had her basic education at Bishop’s Girls and Methodist Schools, Dodowa. She next attended Mmofraturo Girls School, Kumasi between 1958 and 1960. Georgina Wood’s secondary education was at Wesley Girls’ High School, Cape Coast, which she completed in 1966.
She proceeded to the University of Ghana, Legon, where she was awarded the LL.B. in 1970.
Her ladyship Georgina Wood then attended the Ghana Law School after which she was called to the bar.
She is a former police prosecution officer.
The Georgina Wood committee was set up on 4 July 2006 to investigate the disappearance from a shipping vessel MV Benjamin of 77 packets of cocaine on 26 April 2006.
It was also to investigate an alleged 200,000 dollars bribe paid to senior police officers by a lady linked to a Venezuelan drug baron, and also the 588 kg of cocaine seized at Mempeasem, East Legon from the Venezuelans.