Justice George Kingsley Acquah was the twenty-third (23rd ) Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana (the eleventh since independence). He was appointed as Chief Justice on 4 July 2003 and was the incumbent until his death.
His appointment made it three out of four recent Chief Justices who were former students of Adisadel College; the other two being Philip Edward Archer (1991 and 1995) and Edward Kwame Wiredu (2001 and 2003).
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Justice Acquah was born on 4 March 1942 at Sekondi in the Western Region of Ghana. He had his basic education in a number of schools, namely Half Assini Methodist School, Cape Coast Methodist School, Ashanti Bekwai Methodist School, Akim Oda Methodist School, Nkawkaw Methodist School and Dunkwa-on-Offin Anglican School.
He attended Adisadel College at Cape Coast, from 1957 to 1963 for his secondary and sixth form (college) education. He was an undergraduate at the University of Ghana, Legon between 1964 and 1967 and obtained a B.A (Hons) degree in Philosophy. In 1970, he obtained the LL.B. (Hons) degree in Law from the same University. He then attended the Ghana Law School where he obtained his Professional Certificate in Law and was called to the Bar in 1972.
WORKING LIFE AND CAREER
Justice George Acquah was in private legal practice at Cape Coast from 1972 until 19 September 1989 when he became a High Court Judge, working at Ho in the Volta Region. He rose to become an Appeal Court Judge in June 1994 and then a Supreme Court Judge a year later.
He was also
- Chairman, Budget Committee of the Judicial Service
- Chairman, Judicial Service Reform and Automation Committee
- Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education of the Judicial Service of Ghana
- Chairman, Disciplinary Committee of the Judicial Counci
- Chairman, Funeral Committee of the Judicial Service
- Chairman, Tender Board of the Judicial Service
- Member of the Judicial Council of Ghana
- Chairman, National Multi-Sectoral Committee on the Protection of the Rights of the Child
- Member, Rules of Court Committee
- Member, Appointments Committee of the Judicial Council
- Member, Africa Regional Council of the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
- Member of the Governing Council of the Ghana Legal Literacy and Resource Foundation
- Patron, Commonwealth Legal Education Association, London
- Honorary Legal Adviser of the International Planned Parenthood Federation;
- Editorial Advisor, Banking and Financial Law Journal of Ghana
- External Examiner (Law of Evidence) Ghana Law School
He was also awarded the Order of the Star of Ghana (Member) the highest honour of Ghana in June 2006.
He died at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra early Sunday morning at about 1.00 am and is survived by a wife and six children. Chief Justice Acquah until Saturday, had been out of the country number of times for treatment in India and then the United States of America for cancer.