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Biography of Georgina WOOD

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Georgina WOOD
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Born on 08/06/1947 (format : day/month/year)

Biography :

Georgina Theodora Woods (b. June 8, 1947),is a Ghanaian judge , also a former police prosecution officer. She is  the Chief Justic of Ghana and the first woman to occupy that position.As at June 2007, this made her the first woman in the history of Ghana to head the Judiciary and also made her the highest ranked female in Ghana’s political history. She assumed office on 15 June 2007.

Family: Georgina Wood is married to Edwin Wood, a retired banker.

Justice Georgina Theodora Wood (née Lutterodt)) attended Bishop’s Girls and Methodist Schools. She obtained her LLB (Hons) from the University of Ghana, Legon in 1970 after graduating from Wesley Girls High School, Cape Coast in 1966. She attended the Ghana Law School after which she was called to the bar. She subsequently went for a six-month Post-Graduate Officers Training Course at the Ghana Police College after which she worked as a deputy superintendent and public prosecutor for three years. She joined the Judicial Service as a District Magistrate Grade II in 1974, and was later promoted to Grade I. She continued her service and rose through the Circuit and High Courts to become the presiding judge of the Appeal Court in 1991.

Justice Wood was first appointed to the Supreme Court by President John Kufuor on November 12, 2003, a nomination she initially turned down (The Stateman). She became the Chairperson of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Justice Wood was nominated for the position of Chief Justice of Ghana in May 2007. Following the recommendation of the Council of State, the Parliament of Ghana approved her nomination as the new Chief Justice of Ghana by consensus on June 1, 2007. Thereupon she became the 24th Chief Justice of the country and the first woman in the history of Ghana to head the Judiciary. She assumed office on 15 June 2007. In a country where "51 percent of the population are women; where rural women account for about 70 percent of total national food production, and only 19 out of the 230 Members of Parliament are women, the appointment of a woman CJ" comes as a very natural occurrence, and was supported by several leading women's rights advocates

In 2007, she received Ghana's highest National Award, the Order of the Star of Ghana for meritorious public service and most recently was given an LLD (Honoris Causa) from the University of Ghana. She has also received an award from the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana for outstanding Judicial Career.

Last update : 11/19/2009

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